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Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Anju Shandilya Nov 24, 2018
Also known as linseed, flaxseed come in 2 varieties: brown and yellow or golden. There are many health benefits related to the oil produced from the seeds. Here is a post that gives you all the information you need.
People across the world are more health conscious now than ever before. It may sound strange but fat is a very important part of diet.
As more and more people realize this fact, there has been a growing interest in flaxseed oil which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and has been endorsed by the American Heart Association as 'good for the heart'. Along with this, it is also a good resource for manganese and dietary fiber.
The scientific name for flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum which means 'most useful'. This is an apt term to describe the versatility and nutritional value of the seeds. Flaxseed are a bit larger than sesame seeds and are covered with a hard shell that is smooth and shiny.

Benefits to Consider

  • The oil helps increase your stamina by increasing the energy that is produced in the body.
  • It helps accelerate the healing time for sprains and bruises.
  • It helps stimulate brown fat cells, thereby increasing the metabolic rate that can aid in burning fats faster.
  • It helps with the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  • Schizophrenics have shown an improvement in their behavior.
  • It has been scientifically proven that the oil can be used to treat some forms of depression.
  • It improves the absorption of calcium, thus helps strengthen bones, hair, and nails.
  • It can help improve your eyesight and the perception of color.
  • The oil is known to reduce the risk of cancers like breast, prostate, and skin.
  • The oil also helps fight inflammation associated with lupus and gout.
  • Ground flaxseed help in the passage of stool, thus relieving you from constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • A diet rich in flaxseed is also known to help people suffering from dry eye syndrome.
  • It also promotes ovulation in women and extends the second half of the progesterone dominant cycle. This is highly beneficial for women who are trying to conceive naturally.
  • It is known to relieve cases of premenstrual and postmenopausal syndrome in some women.
  • It helps in lowering your blood pressure if you are suffering from hypertension.
  • It helps lower the level of cholesterol in blood.
  • The oil can also be applied topically to moisturize and soften skin.

Proper Dosage

The recommended daily dose of flaxseed oil is 1000 mg. As a matter of fact, research has confirmed that up to 30 grams of flaxseed can be consumed on a daily basis with no side effect. Also, there is no nutritional difference between the two varieties.
The human body requires some time to absorb the seeds. But if you're taking the oil instead, it may take anywhere between a few days to six weeks before you can be any benefits. While purchasing the oil, you can find them in capsules or as is.
The oil is prone to turning rancid, and hence, it should be stored in a cool dark place or the refrigerator. Discard the oil if it has developed an odor. Do make a note that some varieties of flaxseed oil are also sold for painting, planting, and other purpose, and should not be consumed.
Some people develop gastrointestinal symptoms like flatulence and bloating when consuming it as a part of their daily diets. Hence, it is suggested that small quantities, a one teaspoon or so, is used initially and the quantity can be increased gradually.
However, if you unsure or require further information about the flaxseed oil, do consult your doctor. Also, pregnant women must consult their doctors about the exact content they can take in their diet.
Disclaimer: Information here should not in any way replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.