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
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
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
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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3. 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
Since flaxseed oil is anti-inflammatory, it usage extends to treat skin problems too. It’s most beneficial for a
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
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
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
|↑1||Vuksan, V., L. Choleva, E. Jovanovski, A. L. Jenkins, F. Au-Yeung, A. G. Dias, H. V. T. Ho, A. Zurbau, and L. Duvnjak. “Comparison of flax (Linum usitatissimum) and Salba-chia (Salvia hispanica L.) seeds on postprandial glycemia and satiety in healthy individuals: a randomized, controlled, crossover study.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 71, no. 2 (2017): 234-238.|
|↑2||Fiber. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.|
|↑3||Vitamin E. National Institutes of Health.|
|↑4||Yang, Joonhyoung, Sangyeon Min, and Seungug Hong. “Therapeutic Effects of Fermented Flax Seed Oil on NC/Nga Mice with Atopic Dermatitis-Like Skin Lesions.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 (2017).|
|↑5||Vitamin E and Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑6||Kaithwas, Gaurav, Alok Mukherjee, A. K. Chaurasia, and Dipak K. Majumdar. “Antiinflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activities of Linum usitatissimum L.(flaxseed/linseed) fixed oil.” (2011).|
|↑7||Setayesh, Mohammad, Amir Reza Sadeghifar, Nozar Nakhaee, Mohammad Kamalinejad, and Hossein Rezaeizadeh. “A Topical Gel From Flax Seed Oil Compared With Hand Splint in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (2016): 2156587216677822.|
|↑8||Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil. National Center for Complementary for Integrative Health.|