Nutrition Made Simple


February 18 2021



Flaxseed oil or linseed oil is extracted from dried, ripe seeds of the flax plant. It contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. ALA- a heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid is very beneficial for our body.

Alvizia's flaxseed oil capsules reduce cholesterol and blood sugar and treat digestive conditions. Flaxseed oil seems to decrease inflammation and is useful for rheumatoid arthritis. It is highly used for heart diseases along with many other conditions. 

Its scientific name is Linum usitatissimum. Flaxseed oil is one of the oldest crops, which was produced mainly for fiber earlier. It has been cultivated since the start of civilization. Flaxseed oil or linseed oil is a colorless that yellowish oil that was first introduced in the US by colonists.

Flaxseed oil supplements can do wonders for your health, some of the major benefits are mentioned below.

Benefits of flaxseed oil

Just adding small amounts of flaxseed oil to your diet can prove to be amazing for your overall health, including a good dose of protein and fiber and help with weight control.

Reduces inflammation

  • Research shows that flaxseed oil reduces inflammation thus providing relief with pain.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids present in it seems to be as effective as olive oil in this area. 
  • Study shows this oil is highly helpful to people who are obese.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties lower the level of c-reactive protein in obese people.

Reduces cancer cell growth

  • People who have not been affected by cancer are always in search of cancer-fighting food. Flaxseed oil is surely for them.
  • 2  Studies have shown that flaxseed oil is favorable to stop the studies ion of cancer in rats.
  • Furthermore, flaxseed oil seems to be helpful in the reduction of the growth of breast cancer cells.

Improves skin health

  • Several reports show that flaxseed oil is successful in improving the skin quality of most people who use it.
  • Similar favorable results have been shown in a recent animal study. Symptoms of atopic dermatitis-like redness and itching were seen to decrease.
  • Whether it is redness of skin or rash area flaxseed oil is beneficial in this aspect. And it is used to repair skin cells.
  • Flaxseed oil is effective in lowering skin cell inflammation.

Improves heart functioning

  • As you know, omega-3 fatty acids are highly advantageous for the heart and circulatory system. Thus reducing inflammation.
  • When introduced in the body, omega-3 fatty acids blood vessels open up allowing more blood flow in the body.
  • All of this leads to the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Heart health can be harmed due to high blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and lessen the risk of irregular heartbeats. Therefore helping your pulmonary system.

Provides relief in constipation and diarrhoea

  • Flaxseed oil is favorable for regular bowel movements, and also helps to reduce diarrhoea. 
  • Both of these things are amazing for satisfied and regular bowel movements.
  • It is proved to be as effective as olive oil and mineral oil.

Treats dry eyes

  • Researches have shown that intake of flaxseed oil via mouth lessens irritation and symptoms of dry eyes of those having Sjögren syndrome.
  • A product containing fish oil and flaxseed oil if taken by mouth lowers the symptoms of dry eyes plus rises tear production.
  • Also usage of eye drops having flaxseed oil is favorable for reduction of symptoms of dry eyes in some people.

Improves brain health

  • BDNF, a factor essential for the growth of neurons, by intake of flaxseed oil is increased. 
  • Flaxseed oil helps to improve the mood of bipolar disorder patients.

Helps with foot sores

Studies say if flaxseed oil taken twice for 12 weeks quickens the healing of foot ulcers in diabetic patients.

Helps in losing weight

  • Flax seeds have high amounts of healthy fats and fiber which keeps our appetite full for a longer time. Therefore, the chances of getting hungry soon are reduced, and consuming more calories is reduced to a great extent.
  • Ground flaxseed can be added to salads and soups to facilitate weight loss.
  • Other benefits of flaxseed oil include anti the -inflammatory menopause, carpal tunnel, diabetic ulcers, kidney health, weight management, bone health, etc.

 How flax seed oil works

Polyunsaturated fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid are found in flaxseed oil, which seems to be anti-inflammatory and is also useful for other swelling diseases. ALA is converted into unsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid, which are further converted to fats-lipids. These molecules are helpful for brain/nervous system development and the promotion of eye health. Other benefits are slow ageing, improved memory, low blood pressure, period, and much more.

Side effects of flaxseed oil

  • If taken by mouth it is safe for adults, in the short term. Large doses can lead to diarrhoea, loose stools and allergic reactions are possible too.
  • Supplements can be taken for around six months which have 2 grams of flaxseed oil. 24 grams of flaxseed oil taken up to 7 weeks is also safe.
  • If applied to the skin, that should be short term too, can be used for around 4 weeks.
  • If applied into the eyes, that should be up to 3 months, else will lead to redness and itching in the eyes in some cases.

People who should not consume flaxseed oil are:

  • Children- if taken for a short time then it is possibly safe for them.
  • Pregnant women- It is likely safe if taken 2 grams daily for up to 6 weeks by mouth because there is an increased risk of premature birth. 
  • Breastfeeding- There's not enough information if flaxseed oil should be used while breastfeeding.
  • Surgery- Flaxseed oil might increase bleeding if taken post-surgery.
  • Bleeding disorders- People with bleeding disorders must consult with their doctors before taking flaxseed oil.

Dosage of flaxseed oil

There's no standard dosage recommended for flaxseed oil. It depends on the manufacturer.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, you can take flaxseed oil capsules with a glass of water.

Oils can react in air and there are chances of becoming rancid, thus they should be kept in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Most guidelines recommend that if you lack DHA and EPA in your diet you should have at least 1600 mg for men and 1100 mg for women of omega-3 fatty acids.

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