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the health benefits of flaxseed oil
Risun Bio-Tech Inc  Jan 23, 2017

The Health Benefits of Flaxseed Oil


Lowering cholesterol, protecting against heart disease and controlling high blood pressure


    Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseed, can lower cholesterol, thereby 

significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Taking it may also protect against angina (chest pain) and high 

blood pressure. In addition, a five-year study done recently at Boston's Simmons College found that flaxseed 

oil may be useful in preventing a second heart attack. It may also help prevent elevated blood pressure by 

inhibiting inflammatory reactions that cause artery-hardening plaque and poor circulation.


Countering inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts


     Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of 

lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, skin and kidneys, but also lowers cholesterol 

levels that may be elevated by the disease. Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and 

severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition. In addition, the ability of omega-3 fatty acids 

to boost the absorption of iodine (a mineral often found in low levels in women suffering from fibrocystic 

breasts) makes flaxseed oil potentially valuable for treating this often painful condition.


Controlling constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones


     As they are high in dietary fibre, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve 

constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. In those with diverticular disease, flaxseeds may also keep

 intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay. Taken for inflammatory bowel 

disease, it can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage. In addition, the oil may 

prevent painful gallstones from developing and even dissolve existing stones.


Treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea


    The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy 

patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions and overall 

skin-soothing properties. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, 

the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.


Promoting healthy hair and nails


    The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth 

(in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis 

or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as 

well. Similarly, the oil's EFAs work to nourish dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.


Minimising nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders


    The EFAs in flaxseed oil assist in the transmission of nerve impulses, making the oil potentially valuable in 

treating conditions of numbness and tingling. The oil's nerve-nourishing actions may also help in the treatment

 of Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system, and protect against the nerve damage

 associated with diabetes and multiple sclerosis.


Reducing cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing


    The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate, and perhaps skin 

cancer. Although further studies are needed, research undertaken at the University of Toronto indicates that 

women with breast cancer, regardless of the degree of cancer invasiveness, may benefit from treatment with 

flaxseed. Interestingly, the lignans may protect against various effects of ageing as well.


Treating menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis


    Because the hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in flaxseed help stabilise a 

woman's estrogen-progesterone ratio, they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle, and relieve the 

hot flashes of perimenopause and menopause. Flaxseed may also improve uterine function and thus treat 

fertility problems. In addition, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed have been shown to block production of 

prostaglandins, hormone like substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can 

cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.


Fighting prostate problems, male infertility and impotence


    The EFAs in flaxseed oil may help to prevent swelling and inflammation of the prostate, the small gland 

located below the bladder in males that tends to enlarge with age. Symptoms of such enlargement, such as 

urgency to urinate, may lessen as a result. The EFAs also play a role in keeping sperm healthy, which may 

be of value in treating male infertility, and they can improve blood flow to the penis, a boon for those 

suffering from impotence.