What is Flax Seed Oil?
Flax Seed Oil is derived from flax seeds, which are slightly larger than sesame seeds and have a hard but smooth
and shiny shell. Their color ranges from deep amber to reddish brown depending on the variety. Studies have shown that
flax seeds are an excellent source of Omega-9 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. They are also a very good source of dietary
fiber and protein, as well as manganese, folate, Vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, lecithin, zinc, and copper.
In addition, flax seeds are concentrated in lignan, which has been shown to fight both breast cancer and colon cancer.
Due to their hard shell, whole flax seeds are often ground in order to gain the full benefit of the nutrients contained within them.
What are the Benefits of Flax Seed Oil?
Flax seeds are considered to be the most important health-supporting supplement after a multi-vitamin supplement. Flax seeds are beneficial to almost every system in our body which includes the nervous system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, immune system, and circulatory system. Their natural properties offer hundreds of health benefits that make them a magic herbal remedy. Some of these benefits include:
- Curing colon and breast cancer
- Curing skin problems such as acne and eczema
- Curing asthma and diabetes
- Lowering high blood pressure
- Curing rheumatoid arthritis
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Improving the immune system
- Healing sprains and bruises
- Fighting obesity
- Treating dandruff
Uses of Flax Seed Oil
Constipation Home Remedy
The lignan and fiber components of flax seed act as a highly effective laxative. To gain the best nutritional benefits of flax seed, always grind the fresh seeds.
- Take 3 tablespoons of flax seeds and grind them in regular coffee grinder.
- Add one tablespoon to a glass of warm water, and repeat this once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.
- Repeat this for 3 days.
If symptoms don't go away after 3 days, consult your doctor since there may be some other cause of the constipation. Also remember to drink lots of water throughout the day when experiencing symptoms of constipation.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Home Remedy
Flax seed has been shown to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Simply take 1 teaspoon of flax seed oil three times daily for one month.
Natural Cure for Diabetes, Arthritis, and Heart Ailments
- Combine 4 oz. of cottage cheese with 1.5 oz. of flax seed oil and 1 oz. of milk into a blender.
- Add honey or fresh fruits to add sweetness.
- Blend this mixture and drink daily each morning.
What are the Side Effects of Flax Seed Oil?
Some people experience increased flatulence or bloating when they first begin to incorporate flax seeds into their diet. Therefore, it is recommended that you start with a small amount, such as one teaspoon, and slowly build yourself up to your intake goal. When increasing fiber intake in the diet, it is also a good idea to increase fluid (water) consumption as well. Scientific studies have safely used up to 30 grams (1/4 cup) of flax seeds daily without side effects.
Where and How to Buy Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseeds can be purchased in oil, capsule, seed, or powder form. Capsules are the most convenient form since they can simply be taken with a glass of water. However, since light and oxygen will slowly break down the essential fatty acids, it is important to purchase soft gel capsules that have a dark coating and come in amber-brown bottles. If flax seed oil is purchased instead of capsules, it is also important to store it in a cool, dry location. The shelf life for oil can also be extended by refrigerating it.