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Benefits of Flaxseed Oil and Supplements (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

Updated on July 13, 2011

Today, I will provide some amazing nutrition advice and information on benefits of flaxseed oil and its supplements. The flaxseed oil is also known as linseed oil which is extracted from flaxseeds. Flaxseeds have been eaten since ancient times until today due to their nutritional benefits including combating high cholesterol levels. Not only this, but there are many other health benefits of flaxseed oil and its supplements so read on and reap the benefits:

Flaxseed oil supplements reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk. Some studies have shown that flaxseed oil can lower total cholesterol levels by 9% and LDL (bad cholesterol) by 18%.

For natural relief from chronic constipation, flaxseed oil one teaspoon per day or some flaxseeds can be added to yogurt and given to the patient. The constipation will get relieved within a day and there will be increased frequency of bowel movements decreasing on the second day and regularizing at third day.

Flaxseed oil serving size, nutritional contents, suggested use
Flaxseed oil serving size, nutritional contents, suggested use
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Understanding cholesterol chart
Flaxseed omega 3 fatty acid components chart
Flaxseed omega 3 fatty acid components chart
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Flaxseeds
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Prostaglandins in adults chart

Flaxseed oil Supplements Omega 3 Benefits

Flaxseed oil supplements contain proper ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6. It also contains a high proportion of α-linolenic acid (Omega 3 fatty acid) in relation to linoleic acid (Omega 6).

This balance is very important for metabolism of prostaglandins that are important molecules for the regulation of inflammation, blood pressure, pain, gastrointestinal function, cardiac function, GI secretions, fluid balance, kidney function platelet aggregation, blood coagulation nerve transmission, allergic response, hormone synthesis, and steroid production.

Therefore, changing the type of dietary oils can manipulate the metabolism of prostaglandins. This can be very important in treating arthritis, inflammation, high blood pressure, allergies, and many other health ailments.

The central objective is to build a balance between omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 that leads to production of prostaglandins series 1 and 3 which can be achieved by incorporating a flaxseed oil supplement to our diet.

Flaxseed oil supplements help in preventing uterine bleeding again because omega-6 flaxseeds are partly synthesized gamma-linolenic acid, which in turn stimulates the production of prostaglandin 1 (PGE1).

Many causes of uterine bleeding
Many causes of uterine bleeding

Flaxseed oil supplements are good for breast cancer prevention and early ally in menopause because it contains phytoestrogens called lignans, a ratio of 75 to 800 times more than in any food. Flaxseeds encourage different hormonal balance works indicating their anticancer properties.

Understanding Breast cancer chart
Understanding Breast cancer chart
Flaxseed oil supplements relieve breast tenderness.
Flaxseed oil supplements relieve breast tenderness.

Flaxseed oil supplements promote reduction of LDL lipoprotein (bad cholesterol), inhibit bone loss, and competes with estrogen receptors in breast and ovarian cancers.

Also, flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help fight excess type 2 prostaglandins that are highly inflammatory with a potential to accumulate in breast ducts and can turn into breast neoplasms, especially starting with the feeling of breast tenderness.

Nutritional Facts about Flaxseed Oil

  1. Flaxseed oil contains 18% monounsaturated fatty acids.
  2. It contains 9% saturated acids.
  3. Flaxseed Oil contains 72% polyunsaturated fatty acids from which 45% to 65% are Omega 3 fatty acids and 12% to 20% are Omega 6.
  4. Flaxseed contains five times more fatty acids (linolenic acid, omega-3) than any other plant food.
  5. Flaxseed oil provides lignans, protein, and fiber to food.
  6. Flaxseed oil must be kept in the refrigerator as it tends to get stale.

HubMob Weekly Topic: Nutrition Hub #5 by soni2006
HubMob Weekly Topic: Nutrition Hub #5 by soni2006

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      amit 

      4 years ago

      this is very good ........can this it is used for weight loss.......?

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      Edice L. McGill 

      7 years ago

      My husband spent 1000's of dollars going to dermatoligists for ciriachis and fungus of finger nail.

      In Eat Right for Your Type by Dr. Peter D'Adamos, under type B our blood type it suggested a power drink consisting of 4 to 6 ozs. of orange or cranberry juice, l tablespoon of lecithin granules and l tablespoon of flaxseed oil. When we travel I use the seeds.

      My husbands ciriachis if gone and his fingernails are beautiful. My daughter cannot believe it.

      I drink it every day also, my daughter, my son-in-law and I cannot tell you how many friends all different blood types. Golly, in l week you feel the difference.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck in doing that Rascal. I am your fan too.

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      Rascal Russ Miles 

      8 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      WOW suni... Great Hub!!! I have some flax seed in the frig' that needs to be ground... You've motivated me to get on it.

      I am your latest fan...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Money Glitch. Best of luck for the supplement you purchased.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Wow Soni this is an awesome hub. I just recently purchased a flaxseed supplement because I've heard how good it is for you. However, I did not know it did so many wonderful things for the body. Thanks so much for sharing this info. :)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Tatjana-Mihaela and Sandyspider for your kindness and support. Flaxseed, its oil, and supplements all are beneficial for our health.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very informative hub. I have flaxseed in my kitchen, but need to use it more.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, Sony, for this so informative Hub, many people wittness real benefits of using flaxseeds and flaxseed oil.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comment Betsylckes.

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      BetsyIckes 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow! I knew Flaxseed was good for you, but I never knew it was this good! Thanks for sharing!

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