seed oil, derived from ground and emulsified flax seeds, is high
in the essential fatty acid, alpha linoleic acid. It also
provides omega 6 fatty acids, in the correct proportion for the
body’s use. In addition, flax seed oil also is a rich source of
vegetable lignans, powerful antioxidants which help fight the
effects of aging and may help prevent various forms of cancer.
seed oil is widely available, and is recommended as a dietary
supplement source of omega 3 fatty acids by the American Heart
Association, the American Dietetic Association and the National
Cancer Institute. Flax seed oil benefits are well known and well
documented in multiple studies in many countries.
Flax Seed Oil Does:
Flax seed oil is
derived from the seeds of the flax plant. Flax seed oil has a
long history of use as a healing agent – it was used as early as
Egyptian times as an ointment to promote healing in wounds. It
has been used to treat a wide variety of ills from heart disease
Because of its high
concentration of essential fatty acids that the body uses to
manufacture new cells, it is especially effective in promoting
the growth of new tissue. Flax seed oil is rich in omega 3
essential fatty acids, including alpha linoleic acid, which the
body can convert to the fatty acids it uses to manufacture brain
cells, nerve tissue, skin cells, heart cells, lung cells – in
fact, cells in nearly every part of the body. It is especially
used in the cells that have a high fat concentration – the brain
and neural cells. Doctors and researchers believe that this is
the reason that flax seed oil and other oils high in omega 3
fatty acids are helpful in treating depression, schizophrenia
and other brain and neurological disorders that may be caused by
errant message receptors in neural cells.
Flax seed oil is
also high in lignans, phytonutrients which help protect against
cancer through antioxidant activity. Because of the high
concentration of lignans in flax seed oil, it may be effective
in preventing breast cancer, colorectal cancer and other forms
of cancer. It is, in fact, one of the food products named by the
National Cancer Institute as having anti-cancer properties.
Benefits of Flax Seed Oil:
Specifically, flax seed oil has been shown effective in the
seed oil lowers cholesterol and fights heart disease. One
teaspoon of flax seed oil contains more than twice the amount of
alpha linoleic acid as the recommended daily minimum. Alpha
linoleic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid, lowers cholesterol, and
reduces the risk of heart disease.
important flax seed oil benefit is its cancer prevention
properties. Because flax seed oil contains lignans which have a
high antioxidant activity level, the National Cancer Institute
names flax as one of the foods that offer a ‘modest’ level of
protection against cancer. Specifically, it seems to protect
against breast cancer thanks to two particular lignans that bear
a resemblance to human estrogen.
known flax seed oil benefit is its anti-inflammatory effects.
Flax seed oil is one of the richest known sources of omega-3
fat, since linoleic acid comprises 55 percent of the oil. This
provides flax with its anti-inflammatory effect (and hence the
possible usefulness for the treatment of lupus, arthritis, and
different allergies) and the ability to boost the immune system
(American Dietetic Association, USDA).
constipation and relieve inflammatory bowel disease
lesser-known flax seed oil benefit is its effect on the
digestive system, particular in intestinal disorders. Flax seed
oil can help control and relieve constipation, keep the
intestinal tract free of ‘waste pockets’ and ease the
inflammation associated with chronic inflammatory bowel
diseases. There is also preliminary evidence to suggest that
flax seed oil may help prevent the formation of gallstones.
the symptoms of acne, seborrhea, rosacea, sunburn and other skin
Essential fatty acids promote skin healing, thins sebaceous oils
in the case of acne, and help heal psoriasis, eczema and
Alleviates numbness, tingling and pain caused by nerve damage
of the high level of EFA in flax seed oil, there is some
evidence that it helps reverse damage caused by diabetic
neuropathy and other conditions that affect the transmission of
neural messages, thus relieving tingling, numbness and pain.
Side Effects of Flax Seed Oil
Initially, those starting on supplementation with flax seed oil
may experience some flatulence, but it usually fades as the body
grows accustomed to it. There have been rare reported instances
of allergic reaction. If you are taking medication, consult
your doctor, as flax seed may interfere with the absorption of
our modern diets are so depleted in omega 3 essential fatty
acids, most doctors recommend taking a supplement high in omega
3 to provide enough of this vital nutrient. Flax seed oil
provides a high concentration of essential fatty acids in a very
small dosage – nearly 2 and a half times the minimum recommended
daily intake. Supplementing your diet with flax seed or flax
seed oils is an especially good choice for those that avoid meat
and animal products.