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Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

also known as Linseed

The benefits of flaxseed oil are predominantly nutritional, from both the seeds and the oil, that are great for the health of your skin. But you can use the oil on your skin for natural skincare too.

Natural skincare is as much about the inside as the outside of your skin. Healthy skin comes from taking of the inside as well as the outside.

It is good for your skin, hair and nails. It can also relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea and sunburn!

Although sometimes referred to as Linseed you need to make sure you are buying an edible version as Linseed is also used in industrial products such as varnish and paint!

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil added to your diet
helps to promote healthy skin (also known as Linseed).

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Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids (EFAs).

This type of fatty acids are absolutely critical for health but they can not be made by the body. You need to ingest them to get them.

There are two types of EFAs for humans (omega-3 and omega 6)and it contain good quantities of both of them.

Omega-3 particularly helps with skin and hair health.

It also contain a large quantity of lignans which have beneficial effects on hormones which control body functions such as the production of keratin (a protein).

Keratin is a significant component of hair and nails so you should see benefits such as increased strength.

The lignans also help to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi (and possibly cancer too!).

Remember that the benefits are destroyed by heat so do not use the ground seeds or oil in cooked products.

SOME OF THE BENEFITS:

  • Speeds up the healing of the skin
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Anti-inflammatory - reduces menstrual cramps and sore breasts
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral - it has been known to help in the treatment and healing of cold sores (herpes) and shingles
  • Good for the health of your heart
  • May help fight prostate problems in men
  • Soothing and healing when you apply the oil to sunburn
  • The omega-3 component helps combat psoriasis and eczema
  • Seals in moisture to help combat dry skin

    Side Effects & Precautions

    Some people are known to be allergic so it is important to start off slowly. You don't want the benefits of flaxseed oil to instead become negative health issues.

    Shortness of breath is one known side effect.

    Always do a patch test on your skin to check sensitivity.

    It is always prudent to remain vigilant when using a product that is new to you.

    It has been known to cause abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea and flatulence if taken in large quantities but this may reduce as your body adjusts to it.

    Decrease the amount you are taking if you observe any of these issues.

    Always consume plenty of water when taking ground flaxseed.

    Take extra care and get medical advice if pregnant, breastfeeding or on prescription medications.


    How to Get the Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

    Flaxseed is growing in popularity, and you can use both the seeds and the oil. The crushed seeds are an excellent source of fibre and can help relieve constipation.

    You should use it in its natural form without heating or cooking as the heat destroys its nutrients.

    It is also sometimes known as Linseed - although this term is often used for Industrial Use oil so make sure you know you are buying a food grade, edible version.

    It is often promoted in food products as the benefits of flaxseed oil are particularly good for women's health. But always keep in mind that the health benefits of flaxseed oil are destroyed by heat so choose your products carefully.
    It could be argued that its inclusion in products such as breads is not beneficial as the cooking process destroys the nutrients. Whole seeds are considerably more stable.

    Always buy a cold-pressed oil due to its heat sensitivity.

    The oil also spoils quickly so always check the expiry, and keep it in an air-tight, dark container (out of the light) in the fridge.

    As with any nuts and seeds, fresh is best for maximum nutritional value and health benefit. Only grind small quantities for use as the oil will spoil quickly (at room temperature) once the seed has been ground.

    And always consume plenty of water when taking ground flaxseed.


    THE OIL

  • Take somewhere between 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per day.
  • Apply the oil directly to the skin for soothing, healing and moisturizing.

    GROUND SEEDS

  • 1 or 2 tablespoons up to 3 times a day - always with a least a large glass of water at the same time.

    CAPSULES

  • Follow the directions on the package but you will generally need more than if you were using the Oil.

    WAYS TO USE FLAXSEED:

  • Grind the seeds and sprinkle over your cereal. Remember to only grind up a small amount each time so that the oil does not spoil too quickly and lose its benefit.
  • Add the seeds to a salad.
  • Mix the oil with yogurt for anytime of the day (absorption is best when taken with food).
  • The nutty flavor makes it ideal as an additive to any type of sweet or savory food.
  • Capsules are available - and may be more convenient at times - but are generally not as concentrated as the oil on its own. Remember to take with food to maximize the absorption.
  • Apply the oil directly to the skin to soothe and heal sunburn.
  • Apply the oil directly to the skin to help moisturize dry skin.

    AS A POULTICE
    You can use it as a poultice to draw toxins from the skin.
    This is useful for skin conditions such as acne, eczema and boils. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal to use on sore, inflamed skin - but remember to patch test for allergic reaction before using.

    WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 15 grams of Flaxseed
  • 1 Litre of Cold Water

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Grind the seeds to a fine flour type consistency.
  • Add the cold water to form a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and leave to dry. This should draw the toxins from the skin.
  • Rinse off your skin.



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