September 25 2021
As soon as cultivation started in the ancient ages, flax plants (Linum usitatissimum) have been one of the cultivated, popular crops. This plant comprises seeds, which are highly nutritious and are called flax seeds. By cold-pressing ripened and dried flaxseeds, flaxseed oil can be obtained. This oil is used in treating many health problems and is available in both capsule and oil (liquid) form.
Mechanism of action
It is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid. The human body uses alpha-linolenic acid from this oil, and converts it into fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, in smaller amounts. These acids help in decreasing inflammation or swelling, which is why flaxseed oil helps treat inflammatory diseases.
Alvizia’s flaxseed oil or alenflax is a health supplement with numerous benefits that comes in the form of 60 soft gelatin capsules in every pack.
It improves digestion, lowers high cholesterol levels, prevents heart diseases, lowers inflammation, and reduces risks of various other diseases. Since it is a dietary supplement, it should not be used for the treatment of any sort of disease. The usage depends on the recommendation of the dietician. It must be stored in a cool and dry place to avoid exposure to sunlight and moisture and must be kept out of the reach of children.
Benefits of flaxseed oil
- A healthy heart: high blood pressure, can drastically affect heart health if ignored for a long time. It puts extra strain on the heart, hence, making it work harder. Flaxseed oil has shown some great effects against high blood pressure. There was a study carried out with 59 people, who were given this supplement for 12 long weeks, at the end of which lowered blood pressure was recorded for each of the participants. Flaxseed oil may also enhance the elasticity of arteries, as; high blood pressure is a marker of decreased elasticity of the arteries. Alenflax nutraceutical flaxseed oil also has great benefits which are highly effective when it comes to heart health, due to its high omega-3 content.
- Constipation and diarrhea: flaxseed or linseed oil can prevent constipation and diarrhea, by acting as a laxative. It promotes regularity and also improves stool consistency. A research study was carried out with 50 constipated people who were on hemodialysis. They were given flaxseed oil along with olive oil and mineral oil (either of them), and, at the end of this four-week study, the bowel movements were enhanced and improvements in the stool consistency were also observed. However, more human research studies are needed to conclude this benefit of flaxseed oil.
- Good for skin: flaxseed oil or linseed oil is found to improve smoothness and hydration of skin, in some studies. It can also decrease sensitivity to irritation, roughness, and many other skin problems. 13 women were given flaxseed oil as a supplement in a research study, which was carried out for 12 weeks. At the end of this study, improved texture with smoothness and hydration was observed. One animal study, in which mice with dermatitis were supplemented with flaxseed oil, showed some positive effects against redness and inflammation.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: because of the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed oil has been found to reduce inflammation in certain populations. It can also decrease the levels of C-reactive protein, which is used to measure Inflammation in people with obesity. Equivalent to the anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil, flaxseed oil possesses potent properties that help in fighting against many inflammatory diseases. However, studies suggest that flaxseed oil affects people differently; it doesn’t necessarily have the same effects on everyone.
- Dry eye syndrome: some research indicates that taking supplementation of flaxseed oil may reduce symptoms of a health condition called Sjogren syndrome, which also causes dry eye. Taking a supplement (both flaxseed and fish oil) may enhance tear production and prevent irritation and dry eyes. However, there is not sufficient evidence that flaxseed oil has the same positive effects on everyone with dry eyes.
- Other potential benefits: flaxseed oil may treat atherosclerosis, by providing elasticity to the arteries. It may also enhance the athletic performance of a person, treat ADHD in children, heart diseases, chronic kidney disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, improve skin burns, dry skin, and dry mouth, high blood pressure or hypertension, decrease risks of pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease, fatty liver, inflammatory bowel disease, and osteoarthritis.
Side effects of flaxseed oil
It is usually safe to take flaxseed oil supplement through the oral mode of administration (short term usage). Even higher doses (up to 24 grams daily) are considered safe by healthcare professionals for up to 7 months. However, extremely large doses may cause some side effects like diarrhea, loose stools, an upset stomach, and allergic reactions. Although it is possibly safe to give this supplement to children, however, it is best to avoid it. Women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding must take flaxseed oil supplements only on the advice of a doctor, as there isn’t enough reliable information about their safety in these situations. Also, if you have a bleeding disorder, it is advised to talk to a doctor before taking a flaxseed oil supplement as it might worsen the condition with excessive bleeding in people affected with this condition. Anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs shouldn’t be taken along with flaxseed oil, because of the interactions it may cause.