Every bride who comes through my door finds herself popped onto Flaxseed oil to repair, fight skin inflammation, and moisturise her skin from inside, giving her skin the most luminous glow for her wedding day!
I often also pop the mums on it, so that their skins look their best as well. In this time I have had a few clients come back to me saying things like their cholesterol reading has been better than ever before, or that their blood pressure dropped quite significantly in a period of 6 weeks.
I thought I would do some research on this little blue flowering plant which is also known as Linseed oil, and for many is known better as little brown seeds than as a oil which we add to our breakfast cereal.
Flaxseed Oil is important for whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature’s richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.
It contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and also provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than what you could get from taking fish oil, minus that horrible “fishy” after taste. And it is vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Some nutritionists, researchers, and scientists believe that it could be the most important health-promoting supplement next to a multi-vitamin. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from flaxseed oil’s natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.
Flaxseed’s list of accomplishments is huge!;
– Research shows that there is a low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer in populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet. Flax is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.
– Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and thrombosis.
– Helps protect the body against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention, sticky platelets and lowered immune function.
– Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
– Increases the body’s production of energy and also increases stamina.
– Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.
– Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
– Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat.
– Improves the absorption of Calcium.
– Strengthens finger and toenails.
– Can improve eyesight and perception of colors.
– Can often improve the function of the liver.
– Can relieve the side effects and stop development of many forms of cancer.
– Can relieve some cases of Asthma.
– Helpful in the treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dandruff.
– Can relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can relieve the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus.
– Can alleviate some allergies.
– Helps prevent Atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits inside the blood vessels, especially the large and medium-sized arteries, that many people experience during the aging process).
– Lowers high blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.
– Has been scientifically proven to treat some cases of depression.
– Can improve the mental function of many old age pensioners.
– Can help in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
– Has been proven to improve the behaviour of Schizophrenics.
– Can relieve some cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females.
No wonder many clients say that it keeps them feeling calm and in control of their lives when they take it!
Unfortunately, our current diets do not come close to meeting our daily EFA (essential fatty acids) requirements. The richest sources of EFAs such as flaxseeds, cold-water fish, and soy and canola oils are rarely found in our regular meals. In addition, more typical foods like red meats and egg yolks can actually encourage the body’s production of bad prostaglandins. Flaxseed oil can help restore the body’s natural balance of good and bad prostaglandins.
How much do I take a day?
The recommended daily dose for most people is at least 1,000 mg taken one to three times daily. You can also add flaxseeds/linseed into your diet in breads, muffins or on salads. Scientific studies have used up to 30 grams of flaxseeds a day safely and without side effects. But the seeds by themselves are not going to help as much as the oil. The best way to take flaxseed oil is by the tablespoon. If not crazy about the taste you can take it in capsule form, and supplement with the oil using it as a salad dressing.
Flaxseed oil is prone to rancidity. Light and oxygen will slowly breakdown the essential fatty acids. Look for flaxseed oil capsules or oil that is bottled in amber-brown bottles, as these are more resistant to the light and oxygen. Make sure you refrigerate your flax seed oil to help extend its shelf life. And preferably buy the organic version
Flax seed oil takes a bit of time to be absorbed into the body before the full beneficial effects begin, ranging anywhere from a few days to as many as six weeks, depending on your overall well-being.
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