5 Health Benefits Of Flax Seed Oil

5 Health Benefits Of Flax Seed Oil

In recent years, flax seed (Linum usitatissimum, L.) and flax seed oil have become quite popular. It also goes by linseed or flax. The oil can be purchased as liquid and soft gel capsule and has great uses for food and beauty.

You should never cook with flax seed oil. It’s sensitive to heat, so it can easily go rancid. Cooking with this oil will actually make it toxic! Instead, always add flax seed oil to foods that are already prepared.

Otherwise, flax seed oil has amazing benefits. Here are five ways it can improve your health.

5 Health Benefits Of Flax Seed Oil

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1. Reduces Diabetes Risk

Flax Seed Oil Reduces Risk Of Diabetes

Are you at risk for diabetes? You’ll benefit from flax seed oil. It has the ability to reduce postprandial glucose or your level of blood glucose after eating. This means that the glucose will be released into the blood slowly. It’ll prevent diabetic complications, even if you aren’t

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diabetic.

In a study by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, chia had a higher reduction of postprandial glucose than flax seed.1 However, both can help, so consider adding them to pancakes, smoothies, or yogurt.

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2. Prevents Weight Gain

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Flax seeds and flax seed oil will benefit your weight loss efforts. It’s packed with fiber, a nutrient that increases the feeling of fullness. You’ll be less likely to binge later on in the day.2

To take advantage of flax seed oil, eat it in the morning. Drizzle it on your yogurt or oatmeal for an extra dose

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of fiber. You can also add it to salads to make the meal more filling.

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3. Protects The Heart

Flax Seed Oil Protects The Heart

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. It’s also linked to type-2 diabetes. But thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids in flax seed oil, your cholesterol levels can improve. Its fiber also has favorable effects on cholesterol.

Flax seed oil has vitamin E. This is a powerful antioxidant that protects the heart by stopping the first step of atherosclerosis. In fact, high intakes of vitamin E may reduce your risk for heart disease by 30 to 40 percent.3

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4. Treats Skin Problems

Flax Seed Oil Treats Skin Problems

Since flaxseed oil is anti-inflammatory, it usage extends to treat skin problems too. It’s most beneficial for a

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common inflammatory skin disease called atopic dermatitis. A topical application will soothe redness, eczema, and reverse skin damage.4

Flax seed also has vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. This nutrient is amazing for skin health since it offers protection from sun damage and oxidation.5 So if you’re dealing with irritation, you’ll love the benefits of flax seed oil for the skin.

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5. Provides Pain Relief

Flax Seed Oil Provides Pain Relief

Here’s a surprising health benefit of flax seed oil. According to the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, flax seed oil is an analgesic. It’s even thought to be as good as aspirin!6

In

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a different study by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, a topical gel was made from flax seed oil. The gel relieved the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, offering similar relief to a hand splint.7

Flax seed has phytoestrogens or compounds that have hormone-like effects. This means that pregnant women should avoid eating flax seed oil. If you have a hormone-sensitive condition, double check with your doctor before eating flax seed.8

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