The benefit of flax seed and flax oil is best described in this article I summarized below that is called "The Many Benefits of Flaxseeds" By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer.
She points out some wonderful information on how beneficial these golden little treasures are for us.
For medical use, we can trace their use to the ancient Babylonians that lived on the earth over five thousand years ago.
There is even evidence in recorded history that Hippocrates wrote about in approximately 650 B.C mentioning how they can be used in relationship to soothing stomach pain.
In current times, the flaxseeds are used by the textile industry as well as the nutritional industry.
Today, these seeds are cultivated both for use in the textile industry and as a nutritional aide. From a nutritional perspective, the omega 3 essential fatty acids and lignans are found abundantly in these golden gems. Both the essential fatty acids and the lignans have been found to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
There are so many use, the list can go on forever. What I will try to do is to give you some ideas of how I use them and how other people i know use them:
You not only help your heart with this omega 3 source but you are helping your immune system as well as dry skin, dry hair, and brittle nails.
As the seeds are is a source of natural fiber so they also benefit your intestinal tract. The seeds as well as the oil are really a wonderful way to get omega-3 essential fatty acids into your diet. I usually will get the one pound package and keep on hand for the many uses.
When I get the package home, I transfer the seeds to a glass jar and put it in the refrigerator. That helps keep them fresh and keeps them from becoming rancid. My daughter and I will even eat them out of the jar as a mini snack.
One of the greatest benefit of flax seed and flax oil is that they are a good source of omega-3s, which is a type of essential fatty acid.
Why is it considered "essential"? Basically our body is unable to create the fatty acid on its own so has to rely on us eating certain amounts of this food. You can experience the benefit of flax seed and flax oil by incorporating them into your diet.
It is an absolute health essential that we include omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. However, as you may have already guessed, in our typical American diet, we eat very little fish and fewer flaxseeds, so we get very little of the essential fat we need so it is vital that we include essential fatty acids in our diet, does not provide sufficient amounts of this essential fat. That means we have to add it in our diet or take it in supplement form.
If you don't get enough omega 3's you will notice a difference in your body.
These are all signs that you are fatty acid deficient. Now the best kept secret is that have essential fatty acids in your diet can also help normalize your cholesterol as well as your blood pressure.
A proper intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which can easily be achieved by eating more fatty fish and flaxseeds, has been shown to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure, which helps to protect against heart disease.
Not only does flax provide heart-healthy omega-3s, but they also are a rich source of lignans, a very specific type of fiber. Research has show that this type of fiber has the ability to ward of certain types of cancer including breast, prostate, colon and skin. It also helps with alleviating menopausal symptoms. Flax seeds are the premiere source of lignans, with over 800 times more lignans than other foods.
If you want to start experiencing the benefit of flax seed and flax oil, take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day and sprinkle flax seeds on your oatmeal or salad.
Make sure to keep flaxseed oil cold and stored in an opaque container to avoid damage from light and heat.
Okay sharing all this with you has made me hungry for those little, tasty seeds.