Maintaining Good Nutrition with Flaxseed Oil

Maintaining Good Nutrition with Flaxseed Oil

For years, health experts have been touting the benefits of flaxseeds and flaxseed oil.  They harvested flax in ancient Egypt from the time of the pharaohs.  This ornamental plant, known by its botanical name of Linum usitatissimum, was used to make cloth, paper, and even furniture finishes in the form of linseed oil.

Later, scientists and nutritionists discovered that the seeds of the plant have a lot of nutritional value and can be used in a variety of foods to provide ever-important Omega-3 fatty acids to the daily diet.

To get the full benefit of the nutrients found in flaxseeds, they have to be ground up just before you eat them. If they are ground too soon before being eaten, they can lose some of their efficacy. When eaten this way, flaxseeds help provide necessary dietary fiber and can even aid in weight loss because you feel fuller longer.

Another approach to getting many of the benefits of flax seeds into your diet, however, is by taking flaxseed oil supplements every day.

Here are just a few of the potential health benefits that flaxseeds and flaxseed oil can offer.

Flaxseed Oil is Packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Our bodies and brains need Omega-3 fatty acids to function properly. Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) is an essential nutrient in our daily diet. Our bodies take the ALA from flaxseed oil and convert it into other types of fatty acids. These additional fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

As humans, we need ALA for our brains to function effectively, to boost our immune system, and support good eye health. Omega -3 fatty acids also act to balance emotional health and can improve focus and alertness.

Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute have found that flaxseed oil contains the highest concentration of ALA.  They found that a single tablespoon of flaxseed oil contains approximately 7.3 grams of ALA. That is more than enough. It is recommended that men should get 1.6 grams of ALA, and women require just 1.1 grams in their daily diet.

Flaxseed Oil Is An Excellent Source of Plant-Derived Protein

With more people leaning toward reducing their regular consumption of meat and animal products, keeping enough protein in their daily diet is especially important. Flax seeds contain more than 18% protein and can help to maintain your body’s strength.

Flaxseed Oil Can Help Reduce Cholesterol

Both flaxseeds and flaxseed oil can act to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol. According to a study conducted at the University of Tokushima Graduate School in 2015, researchers found that LDL cholesterol was significantly reduced in participants who consumed flaxseed oil once per day.  Those in the study who used corn oil instead, however, saw no lowering of cholesterol levels.

Flaxseed Oil Might Aid Heart Health

A research team in Costa Rica conducted a study involving some 3.638 people which found that those who had higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids or ALA in their diets had significantly reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 14% than those who consumed less Omega-3s.

Flaxseed Oil May Reduce the Risk of Some Cancers

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil contain phyto-compounds that have both antioxidant and estrogenic properties. These compounds, known as lignans, are higher in flaxseeds and flaxseed oil than any other foods. Lignans may act to reduce some forms of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, and skin cancer.

Flaxseed Oil Can Help Reduce Diabetes

In 2015, researchers in India found that after 12 weeks of consuming Omega-3s such as those contained within flaxseed oil, participants reduced the onset of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  The study focused on women who were going through menopause, and both men and women men who were considered obese.  The Indian study concluded that those who took flaxseed oil could also reduce their diabetes risk.

Flaxseed Helps Maintain Healthy Hair and Skin

In a double-blind study conducted by researchers in Basel, Switzerland, researchers found that after 12 weeks, participants saw decreases in skin sensitivity, hydration, and trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). Switching to safflower oil supplementation showed an increase in roughness, and hydration was not as significant. The study concluded that a daily intake of flaxseed oil helped to moderate skin condition and potentially reduced the incidences of contact dermatitis and eczema.

Flaxseed Safety Concerns

Consuming flaxseeds or taking a daily flaxseed oil supplement is something that is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and they don’t currently regulate it.

Even though it is safe for most people to take, like any herb or supplement, it’s an excellent idea to speak with your doctor or healthcare professional. We advise caution when taking flaxseed oil for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Certain health conditions and medications may also be considered contraindicated. 

If you are scheduled to undergo surgery, your doctor may also recommend that you discontinue using flaxseed oil for a period before and after the procedure.

Putting the Power of Flaxseed Oil to Work for You

Sir Jason Winters devoted much of his life to researching these kinds of herbs and foods that are potentially good for the body. Because flaxseed oil has some of the highest levels of antioxidants and Omega-3’s, we wanted to offer it directly to our customers.

Each flaxseed soft gel contains 1,000 milligrams of Lignan flaxseed oil. That’s at least 500 milligrams of ALA Omega-3, 110 milligrams of Omega-6, AND 110 milligrams of Omega-9.

Each bottle contains 100 soft gels. Three are to be taken each day, one per meal. Regularly priced at $16.85 per bottle, you can enjoy our Flaxseed Oil supplement that is now just $8.50 per bottle!

To save an additional 5% on each bottle, why not take advantage of our convenient subscription service? You will have your products delivered directly to your home every two weeks or once each month. Because this is such a substantial discount, we are limiting quantities to just five bottles per subscription.

Give yourself or someone you love a special gift by ordering our flaxseed oil supplement today!

Resources

“The Healing Power of Flax: The Definitive Guide” by Herb Joiner-Bey, N.D., 2007, Freedom Press, Topanga, CA

“Flaxseed Oil and Diabetes: A Systemic Review by Kshitij Bhardwaj, Narsing Verma, R.K. Trivedi, and Shipra Bhardwaj, 2015 Journal of Medical Sciences

Flaxseed Oil Intake Study,” compiled by  the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Food Management, University of Tokushima Graduate School, Japan, 2015, Nutrition Journal

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