Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseed oil is derived from the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). It's a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into other forms of omega-3s like EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil is also a source of vitamin E and lignans, which are phytoestrogens that may have various health benefits. The oil is often used as a dietary supplement, added to smoothies or taken straight. It has a slightly nutty flavor and should be stored in the refrigerator to avoid oxidation and spoilage. Unlike flaxseeds, which should be ground for optimal absorption, flaxseed oil is easily absorbed by the body in its liquid form. Research suggests that flaxseed oil may have benefits for heart health, skin health, and reducing inflammation, although more research is needed to confirm these effects.
Heart Health: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming flaxseed oil may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Skin Health: A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that applying flaxseed oil to the skin may help improve skin hydration and reduce symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
Inflammation: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming flaxseed oil may help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall health.
Cancer: A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that consuming flaxseed oil may have potential benefits in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Menopause: A study published in Menopause found that consuming flaxseed oil may help alleviate symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
It's important to note that these studies are preliminary and more research is needed to fully understand the effects of flaxseed oil. Additionally, it's always best to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.