Flaxseed Oil Benefits
The use of flaxseed oil in food and beverages, functional foods and dietary supplements has risen dramatically. The increased popularity of flaxseed oil is related to the increasingly recognized benefits of flaxseed rich omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (powerful phytonutrient phytoestrogens/antioxidants) and fiber content.
Flaxseed oil, also know as flax oil and linseed oil, is derived from the seeds of the plant Linium usitatissimum. Evaluations have found that flaxseed oil is a very rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and can range up to 40-60% in content. Flaxseed oil also contains varying amounts of the lignan or secoisolariciresinol diglycoside. The lignan SDG belongs to a group of plant substances know as phytoestrogens. Generally speaking flaxseed oil may have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-thrombotic and anti-proliferate activities. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega -3 polyunsaturated fatty acid. Alpha-linolenic acid is present in flaxseed oil in the form of a triglyceride and has shown to lower the risk of coronary artery disease. Some studies have shown that the development of atherosclerosis was reduced up to 69% using flaxseed-enriched diets. Flaxseed oil may be indicated in hyperlipidemia (primarily cholesterol), to decrease platelet aggregation, to lower blood pressure, to help prevent heart attacks and stroke, and to improve some of the symptoms of arthritis.
Flaxseed Oil Research
ALA metabolites may also inhibit the production of the pro-inflammatory eicosanoids, prostaglandin and leukotriene which play a role in anti-inflammatory activity and inhibitions of platelet aggregation. Research has shown that flaxseed oil with lignan content may have beneficial effects in reducing atherosclerosis, decrease platelet aggregation, lower cholesterol and lowering blood pressure and some anti-inflammatory effects in some with arthritis.
To avoid any contra-indications always check with your doctor before starting supplementation especially if a person is taking warfarin, aspirin and NSAIDs.
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