While flaxseed oil benefits everyone who consumes it, there are specific benefits for men which have been discussed here. Have a look…
The oil obtained from flaxseeds is a great source of very important nutrients required by the body. Packed within every tiny seed is a very healthy oil, which when consumed, does wonders for various health conditions that we may suffer from. Flaxseeds are a very important source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and alpha lineolic acid (ALA), that are usually present in fish and fish oil. However, those who do not consume fish, or are vegetarians, can get the same nutrition from flaxseed oil.
Prevention of Prostate Cancer
Research has shown that one of the biggest benefits of flaxseed oil is its ability to get rid of unhealthy toxins from the body. This makes its consumption a great preventive measure from various types of cancer, but prostate cancer in particular. This it does when men consume a low-fat diet in addition to consumption of flaxseed oil. By preventing the flow of blood to a cancer-causing tumor that may have developed, this oil prevents the condition from getting worse. However, the brands of flaxseed oil that are now available do not contain lignans. A lack of these will not have the purported benefits of the prevention of prostate cancer. As such, ensure that you check for the presence of lignans. Some alternative studies conducted on the same subject suggest that flaxseed oil may increase the risk of development of prostate cancer in men. There is no specific proof to back this up.
Some More Benefits
Apart from this, there are other benefits that have been enlisted.
- When consumed on a regular basis, flaxseed oil works to increase the HDL or good cholesterol, and reduces the LDL or bad cholesterol. With its fibrous content, this oil can benefit men with high cholesterol levels. However, this means they will also have to give up consuming foods that cause high cholesterol.
- Flaxseed oil also helps reduce and regulate high blood pressure levels in the body. This means the risk of heart disease due to high blood pressure levels is reduced.
- While consuming flaxseed oil is one way that omega-3 fatty acids enter the body and give the skin a smooth, glowing, and flawless texture, the other way by which this benefit can be achieved is topical application. Men who particularly suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and other dry patches on their skin, should apply this oil on a regular basis.
- The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids contained in flaxseed oil do not end here. Upon regular intake, this oil helps reduce the rate of macular degeneration, or what is known as age-related vision impairment.
The biggest drawback is that it turns rancid very quickly once opened. It is therefore essential to keep it refrigerated at all times, and ideally, you can purchase small quantities that can be consumed quickly. If you find it tasting different, do not consume it, as it is toxic for the body.
Large doses can cause nausea and stomach discomfort. Before you begin taking it, consult your doctor and then do so. Your doctor will advise you regarding the appropriate dosage. If you have any kind of esophageal or intestinal blockage, then consuming flaxseed oil is not a good idea, because it may cause several side effects.
Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be replaced for the advice of a medical professional.