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Flaxseed: A natural and effective panacea for many health issues

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Topics

·         Introduction

·         Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

·         What are the major components found in Flaxseed oil?

·         Precautions while consuming flaxseed

·         Reactions with other drugs and supplements

·         Best ways to consume flaxseed?

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Flaxseed boasts of a rich heritage and an interesting history that spans across thousands of years. To date, it enjoys a respectable position in the medical field and finds mention in reputed medical journals. So what’s there in flaxseed that impressed the medical experts of different centuries and civilizations- right from Hippocrates of 500 BC to contemporary medical experts of 21st century AD?

Flaxseed Oil is an excellent source of many vital nutrients for the healthy biological and mental growth of a human body. Though fully vegetarian, the Flaxseed oil contains 50% more Omega-3 content than fish oil. Its Fatty acid and Omega-6 contents are also 20% more than fish oil. It is also a powerful source of lignans, containing several hundred times more ligannat when compared to other grains. Your next question would be –

Well, fine- but how is flaxseed going to help ME?

That’s why we have written this article after thorough research to offer our readers an in-depth knowledge about flaxseed oil and its role in keeping the body fit and healthy.

The flaxseed is prescribed as an ideal dietary supplement for different health conditions including both common ailments and chronic diseases, including but not limited to diabetes, constipation, cancer, cholesterol, and other health conditions.

Benefits of Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil offers a significant benefit in various disease and health conditions as listed below:

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Significantly helps in reducing aortic atherosclerosis 

 Flaxseed is highly effective in reducing atherosclerosis development with remarkable efficiency of 46%. It is also found to safely reduce the PMNL-CL without reducing serum cholesterol levels.

Intestines, Bowel, Guts, Intestinal

Constipation

As a good source of fiber Flaxseed can play an important role in treating constipation 

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Immune system

 Two major components of flaxseed- ALA and lignans positively affect the cells and mediators of the immune response process like eicosanoids and cytokines. It helps in regularizing the immune system.

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Nervous system

 As a very rich source of Omega-3 oil flaxseed oil helps in a healthy infant development by facilitating the formation and smooth functioning of a healthy nervous system. For the same reason, it is also a recommended supplement for the adults looking to improve their nervous system.

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Joints pain

 Flaxseed oil is a good source of nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties. As inflammation is among the key causes of joints pain, Flaxseed Oil can also help a long way in reducing joint pain.

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Inflammatory Bowel syndrome

 Adequate intake of docosahexaenoic acid, (n-3 PUFA), a type of Omega 3 fatty acids has demonstrated effective capabilities of preventing the development of ulcerative colitis decreasing its probabilities by as much as 77%. So, omega-3 rich flaxseed oil can play an important role in the prevention of Inflammatory Bowel syndrome.

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Assists in proper absorption of nutrients 

Flaxseed oil is a good source of fiber in soluble and insoluble forms. As an effective digestive process regulator flaxseed reasonably slows the digestion process thus allowing the body to properly absorb the food nutrients. 

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Helps in keeping liver healthy

As a good fiber source, the flaxseed oil works as an effective natural detoxifying agent for the body. Fibre has the quality of binding to the toxins. It not only facilitates the easy removal of harmful toxins but also assists in proper liver functioning and reduces the probabilities of inflammation.  

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Cancer

 As a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, the flaxseed oil can play a vital role in securing against cancer. The precise reason is that it contains alpha-linolenic acid- a specific type of Omega-3 oil that is proven to restrain the occurrence and growth of tumors.

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Cardiovascular issues

 One of the major reasons for cardiovascular issues is the sticking of white blood cells to the inner periphery of blood vessels gradually resetting in plaque-deposition. It ultimately makes the blood vessels harder and causes heart issues. So, by preventing the sticking process, we can avoid various heart conditions. 

Flaxseed oil can effectively prevent this entire process at the initial stage. It works as a lubricant that prevents the sticking process so that white blood cells cannot stick to the inner walls. 

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Blood sugar levels

 Many people are sensitive t glucose especially diabetic patients. It is a major factor behind abnormal blood sugar levels. So, improving glucose sensitivity is a reliable way to regularize blood sugar levels. Flaxseed, when consumed as a whole seed, can improve glucose sensitivity that improves blood sugar levels in such people.

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Inflammation

 ALA also possesses effective capabilities to reduce the inflammatory reactions that result in harmful build-up of plaque in arteries.

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Lupus

 The people suffering from Lupus can experience some good improvement in their condition by consuming Flaxseed oil as it is rich in the contents that enhance and regularizes the kidney functioning.

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Cholesterol

 Sticking of white blood cells is also related to cholesterol and by thwarting this process the flaxseed also helps you fight against high cholesterols and numerous issues that are related to the same.

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Dry eyes syndrome

 One of the reasons behind dry eyes syndrome is the thicker oil in the eye glands that cannot move out naturally and forms into a build-up. The adequate omega-3 content of flaxseed oil can help in smooth glandular secretion by softening them.

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Arthritis

Arthritis conditions are closely elated t inflammation and hence by reducing the inflammations, we can help mitigate pain and improve movements of arthritis patients. Along with ALA, Flaxseed oil also contains several other chemicals that are proven to decrease body inflammations. Thus consuming flaxseed can also help in reducing the negative impacts/symptoms of activities.

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Depression

 The people struggling with depression lack the adequate quantity of docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids. Increasing their quantity is one of the auxiliary methods to fight depression. As a rich source of these 2 compounds, flaxseed oil can be integrated into the overall treatment therapy of acute depression.

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Liver disease

diabetes, bipolar disorder, high triglycerides, bleeding disorders, or prostate cancer. Don’t use flaxseed if you have digestive problems (like Crohn’s disease, IBS, or colitis) and women with hormone-sensitive diseases (like endometriosis, PCOS, breast cancer, and uterine cancer) should not use flaxseed?

What are the major components found in Flaxseed oil?

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Flaxseed is a mine of many nutritional components and vitamins that collectively help in keeping the body healthy and fighting various diseases. Some of these friendly components include 

· Vitamin B1

· B2

· B6

· Lecithin

· Potassium

· Fibre

· Protein

· Copper

· Magnesium

· Iron

· Manganese

· Phosphorous

· Sodium

· Zinc

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Precautions while consuming flaxseed

· Avoid consuming flaxseed as raw or unripe form as it may contain toxic elements

· Likewise it is a good idea to avoid or limit the intake of flaxseed during pregnancy or nursing

· As a fiber supplement the flaxseed should be consumed with a good amount of water otherwise it may worsen constipation

· Avoid eating unripe or raw flaxseed. An adequate amount of water should be used when consuming flaxseed in the natural form. Avoid using consuming t during pregnancy

 a Large amount of flaxseed or consuming it with very little water can cause the following issues: 

· Bloating

· Gas

· Diarrhoea

· Consumption of flaxseed and flaxseed oil should preferably be avoided during pregnancy.

· Flaxseed oil may occasionally cause allergic reactions.

· Stop consuming flaxseed oil two weeks before undergoing elective surgery as flaxseed oil may reduce blood clotting

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Reactions with other drugs and supplements

 Taking flaxseed along with certain conditions may result in unadvisable reactions. The particulars are as follows:

Medicines/supplements for Anticoagulant/anti-platelets 

These drugs help in lowering blood clotting and flaxseed also has the same qualities. Thus consuming flaxseed along with these supplements may result in bleeding.

Medicines/supplements for Blood pressure 

As flaxseed also lowers the blood pressure, taking it with BP related drugs can decrease your blood pressure below healthy levels and cause low BP or other similar conditions.

Medicines/supplements for Diabetes 

Likewise, many diabetic drugs (prescribed diets) also have hypoglycaemic potential that lowers blood sugar. Going by the explanation in the above paragraph it is thus recommended to consult your doctor if it is safe to consume flaxseed with these drugs.

Oral contraceptive drugs

 Flaxseed may inhibit the functioning of estrogens so it is a good idea to stop consuming flaxseed if you are on oral contraceptive drugs and estrogens replacement therapy.

Oral drugs

Flaxseed consumption may reduce oral drugs’ absorption. So it is advisable to give a sufficient gap – around 2 hours to be on the safer side- between administering oral medicines and coming flaxseed.

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How to consume flaxseed?

Flaxseed can be consumed in various forms to suit one’s preference or convenience. You may make it a natural part of your meal by making bread/ other eatables with the help of flaxseed flour. A majority of people prefer to consume it in a more convenient form- tablets, extracts, or powder.

When you consume whole flaxseed, a significant amount passes undigested through your biological system that prevents your body from getting the beneficial bioactive and nutrient components of flaxseed. Simply put, it prevents you from getting many health benefits of flaxseed. You may either buy whole flaxseed and ground it in an electric coffee grinder when needed. A more convenient way of consuming the prescribed quantity of flaxseed is to buy flaxseed capsules or oil and consume as per the instructions on the package.

While flaxseed is available in 2 different varieties- golden and brown, the nutrient contents of both the types don’t differ much.

There are different ways in which you can consume flaxseed

· Sprinkle some flaxseed on your cereal, yogurt or smoothies

· Stir a tablespoon of flaxseed into vegetable curry or soup

· Add a tablespoon or two in the flour when while preparing cookies, bread, etc. 

· As the flaxseed oil burns quite easily, it is not an ideal source of cooking. Instead, you can take it with the cold foods like salad dressings

· People using flaxseed purely for its medicinal properties, need to be precise with the prescribed quantities. They can thus consume flaxseed as tablets or flaxseed oil and follow the instructed quantity.

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