Flaxseed was used in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health wonders of flaxseed he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. In the 21st century it’s definitely in the top ten foods we should eat for sustained health. It contains Lignans which are a highly studied class of plant phytonutrients and high in nutritional value.
Where Does It Come From?
Flaxseed is the seed from a plant called Linum usitatissimum. Oil from the seed is used to make medicine, and of course can be produced in supplement form.
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Omega-3 fatty acids are deliberately left out of the production of commercial pet and animal foods as they could go off, limiting the shelf life of these products. The result obviously can be a deficiency of these vital nutrients in these foods and ultimately in your pet.
How Does It Work?
Flaxseed oil is what we call a source of polyunsaturated fatty acid much like alpha-linolenic acid. The alpha-linolenic acid and other chemicals in flaxseed oil seem to decrease inflammation. This is why flaxseed oil is thought to be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory (swelling) diseases.
Flax Seed Oil contains priceless omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fibre, protein, and zinc. What’s more it can provide approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than fish oil. There’s no horrible after taste we used to associate with such oils.
The great thing is each and every system in the body can benefit from the properties of flaxseed oil, and this is why it could be nature’s greatest natural multi-vitamin. A combination of flax seeds and the oil make an excellent and fast working laxative.
Recent research Studies have shown Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides. This in turn will help prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and many other associated problems. It’s also been discovered flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. This is ongoing however and more studies need to be carried out to confirm this. Some experts believe flaxseed oil can also offer hep to those individuals suffering from lung diseases.
So What Can It Do?
If you’re on a keep fit drive then you’ll find flax seed oil can decrease the recovery time needed by your muscles. This means you can work a little harder and get slightly better performance. We can combine this with increased energy leading to much better all round stamina. Should you suffer the misfortune of getting any bruises and strains then this magical oil can help accelerate physical healing.
When you take in Flax with a meal it serves to increase the nutritional value of other foods. Why? because adding flax oil to foods rich in sulfated amino acids, such as yogurts, vegetables of the cabbage family or seafood, can help essential fatty acids become incorporated into cell membranes. Mixing flax oil with yogurt helps to emulsify the oil, improving its digestion.
One of our greatest dangers can be high blood pressure, and flax seed oil taken regularly can safeguard us against this. It can work well in the battle against any form of heart disease as it also stimulates the brown fat cells and speeds up the metabolism so fat is burned off at a much greater rate. Obese people in particular can benefit highly from this. The oil works wonders for both inflammation and water retention. We should point out however, more research needs to be carried out, especially when it comes to coronary or artery diseases.
Flaxseed oil plays a massive role at the stage of life when a child’s brain grows the fastest, in utero and during infancy. Mothers should consider supplementing their diet with a daily tablespoon of flax oil during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It would seem there’s no end to the benefits this gift from nature can bring.
Flaxseed oil should not be taken if you are on regular medication, so before you begin taking any capsules you should consult your doctor for the very best advice.
Generally then it’s no wonder Flaxseed oil is coveted so much as a wonder food. We simply can’t function without such valuable oils!
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