You all have heard of flax seed and its benefits. Most people who know about its benefits, consume flax seeds after roasting it lightly. However, few are aware of the benefits of flax seed oil. Flax seed oil has loads of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid also called as ALA). 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.
It is recommended to have at least 1,600 mg of ALA omega-3 fatty acids daily for men and 1,100 mg for women. Just one tablespoon of flaxseed oil can meet and exceed your daily ALA needs. Research has shown flaxseed oil helps in fighting cancer cells. Flax seed oil is immensely beneficial for heart health. It helps in reducing high blood pressure and thereby provides much relief to the heart. It also increases the elasticity of arteries which is beneficial for healthy blood circulation. Modern lifestyle causes lot of stomach related issues such as constipation and diarrhea. In either cases, flax seed oil consumption provides great relief. Flax seed oil improves the skin clarity and complexion by increasing hydration. People suffering from sciatica, joint aches and back problems should consume flax seed oil daily as this will give them immense relief.
In a summary, flax seed is good for almost every health system – cardiovascular system, nervous system, immune system, circulatory system. Following are its benefits:
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Protects against heart disease
- Controls high blood pressure
- Counters inflammation associated with gout, lupus , sciatica
- Promotes healthy skin by treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn
- Promotes healthy hair and nails
- Minimizes nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders
- Supports menstrual health
- Guards against the effects of ageing
- Maintains healthy metabolism
- Supports energy production
How to Use Flax seed Oil:
Always buy cold pressed flax seed oil as heat destroys its beneficial properties. Consume 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil everyday. Alter the quantity as per your need and capacity. You can also consume capsules of flax seed oil manufactured by reputed companies. You can use flax seed oil in salad dressings, dips and sauces. You can also add one serving (one tablespoon or 15 ml) into smoothies or shakes to add some flaxseed oil into your diet with minimal effort. Flax seed oil should not be used for cooking, as it does not have a high smoke point and can form harmful compounds when exposed to high heat. Flax seed oil can be applied to the skin to enhance skin health and increase skin moisture. Also it can be used a hair mask to promote growth and shine. Pregnant and lactating women, consumers with specific medical conditions should consult their physicians before taking the product.