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What is flaxseed oil, benefits, components and uses ?

Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant. It is similar to a grain but has more nutrient value. It contains:
– omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which reduces heart disease among other health conditions.
– essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
– It contains alpha-linolenic acid.
– Flaxseed oil also contains chemicals called lignans, which are believed to have antioxidant properties.

Components of Flaxseed Oil

– FIBER: Fiber keeps the digestive tract clean and regular and lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, which is important in preventing heart disease.
– LIGNANS: These plant compounds found in the hull act as as weak form of estrogen (phytoestrogen) and appear to protect the body from hormonal cancers – including breast cancer.
– Proteins : The protein in flaxseed oil is easily digested and contains a complete amino-acid profile that the body needs.
– Essential Fatty Acids : Omega-3 fatty acids, usually from fish oil, have been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.

Health Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

– Lowering cholesterol levels.
– Improving the immune system.
– Lubricates and absorbs toxins.
– Prevents the toxic that builds in bowels.
– Soothes ulcers.
– Acts as a buffer for excess stomach acids.
– Protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure.
– Controls counter inflammation associated with lupus and gout.
– Flaxseed Puts the Brakes on Prostate Cancer Growth.
– Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
– Treating Dandruff.
– Strengthens finger and toenails.
– Can improve eyesight and perception of colors.
– Curing asthma and diabetes.

Uses of Flaxseed Oil (sprinkled or added in small quantity)

– Salads
– Protein shakes
– Yogurt, Breakfast cereal
– Cookie Dough
– Pancakes, Muffins, Waffles
– Lotions

Side-Effects of Flaxseed Oil

– Anyone that has an allergy to Linaceae plant should avoid flaxseed oil.
– Bloating or increased flatulence is experienced. Start with a small amount and then increase gradually. Increase your water intake also.

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