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Full of natural (none animal) omega 3 which is great to your heart, brain and immune system. Also great for your bones and joint health.
Flaxseed oil has many health benefits and is becoming a must-go-to supplements for joint health amongst many other benefits. Flaxseed oil, also known as flax oil or linseed oil, is made from flax seeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil.
Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. The fibre in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Taken before a meal, flaxseed fibre seems to make people feel less hungry, so that they might eat less food.
Flaxseed also seems to make platelets, the blood cells involved in clotting, less sticky. Overall, flaxseed's effects on cholesterol and blood clotting may lower the risk of "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Flaxseed is sometimes tried for cancer because it is broken down by the body into chemicals called ‘lignans’. Lignans are similar to the female hormone oestrogen - so similar, in fact, that they compete with oestrogen for a part in certain chemical reactions. As a result, natural oestrogens seem to become less powerful in the body. Some researchers believe that lignans may be able to slow down the progress of certain breast cancers and other types of cancers that need oestrogen to thrive.
For systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), flaxseed is thought to improve kidney function by decreasing the thickness of blood, reducing cholesterol levels, and reducing swelling.
Given their stellar nutrient profile, it’s no wonder that flaxseed oil is also jam-packed with similar health benefits.
Function/ Used for
Specifically, flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a form of omega-3 fatty acid that is only converted in small amounts to active forms of omega-3, like EPA and DHA. (3)
Although the current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies, there is some evidence that flaxseed oil may help reduce the growth of cancer cells.
Furthermore, test-tube studies have produced similar findings, with several studies showing that flaxseed oil reduced the growth of breast cancer cells. (4)
Several studies have found that flaxseed oil could benefit heart health.
In this study, supplementing with one tablespoon (15 ml) of flaxseed oil for 12 weeks led to significantly lower blood pressure levels than supplementing with safflower oil. (5)
Flaxseed oil may also improve the elasticity of the arteries. Both aging and increased blood pressure are generally linked to decreases in elasticity.
What’s more, numerous studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids improve heart health, with benefits such as reduced inflammation and lower blood pressure.
Flaxseed oil may be effective at treating both constipation and diarrhoea.
One small study had 13 women supplement with flaxseed oil for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, they experienced improvements in skin smoothness and hydration, while skin sensitivity to irritation and roughness had decreased.
Thanks to its omega-3 fatty acid content, some research shows that flaxseed oil may help reduce inflammation in certain populations.
Flaxseed oil may also help you lose weight
As a supplement
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health and have been associated with benefits like reduced inflammation, improved heart health and protection for the brain against aging.
If you aren’t taking fish oil or getting one to two servings of fatty fish in your diet each week, flaxseed oil may be a good solution to help supplement your diet with the omega-3 fatty acids you need.
The health benefits noted in the studies above were observed with just 1 tablespoon (10 grams) of ground flaxseeds per day. However, it's recommended to keep serving sizes to less than 5 tablespoons (50 grams) of flaxseeds per day.
Found in (dietary sources)
Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.
List of Omega-3 deficiency symptoms:
Precautions and contraindications
Flaxseed is SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in the correct dose. Adding flaxseed to the diet might increase the number of bowel movements each day. It might also cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach-ache, and nausea is taken in excess.
Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
It is important to consume flax seeds in moderation during pregnancy considering the requirement of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is about 1400mg/day. This means you can safely consume not more than one tablespoon of freshly ground flax seed without a worry.
Interactions e.g. with other medications
Flaxseed oil is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth appropriately short-term. Large doses of 3000mg per day and higher can cause loose stools and diarrhoea. Allergic reactions have occurred while taking flaxseed oil.
This content is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the guidance of your qualified healthcare practitioner. Information and products are meant for general use only and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or provide medical advice. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your qualified healthcare practitioner. Any questions you may have concerning your use of drugs, medications, or supplements should be directed to your healthcare provider. If in doubt always consult your own doctor.