An ideal source of healing compounds, flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and can be used to prevent and treat heart disease, acne, hormone-related problems, eczema, psoriasis, constipation and a host of other diseases. Flax seed oil also promotes healthy hair and skin. In this post, we explore the health benefits of flaxseed oil.
The essential fatty acids, also known as omega oils are one of the key ingredients, which play a vital role in healing the body because they protect cell membranes. EFAs also contain alpha-linolenic acid or omega-3 fatty acids, which according to some studies can reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and control high blood pressure.
Research shows that taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition. In addition, the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to boost the absorption of iodine (a mineral often found in low levels in women suffering from fibrocystic breasts) makes flaxseed oil potentially valuable for treating this often painful condition.
Flaxseed oil can also be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, as it can reduce inflammation and repair any damage caused to the intestinal tract. It can also help prevent gallstones from developing and in some cases even dissolve existing stones.
The presence of essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil can be used to treat various skin conditions. Eczema, psoriasis and rosacea respond well to the EFAs anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties. Since flaxseed oil is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids it is often taken to promote healthy hair growth. Hair or scalp problems respond to the skin-revitalising and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil. Similarly, the EFAs also nourish dry and brittle nails, thereby preventing them from cracking or splitting.
Since flaxseed oil is also high in lignans, which is high in antioxidants, fibre and has anti-estrogenic effects, it may play an important role in protecting one against breast, colon and prostate cancer. Some studies also show that lignans may protect one against the ill-effects of ageing.
Also, as flaxseed oil contains hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens, it can have beneficial effects on a woman’s menstrual cycle, and relieve hot flashes.
REVOFIT TAKE: If you are on any medications, it is important to consult your doctor before you start taking flaxseed oil. Because in some instances, flaxseed oil may prevent the absorption of these medicines. Some studies also show that it is important to consume flaxseed oil and hour before taking any medications. So it is best to consult a medical professional before you make a decision.