The Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

I usually instruct my clients early on of the benefits of flaxseed oil.  Think of flax seed as the lube that helps the joints move around much better. Think of the rain on your windshield and how much more the windshield wipers skid when there is no rain on the windshield, and then once the rain hits it, it begins to glide across the windshield with ease.

Aside from this benefit for your joints, there are some other wonderful benefits of flaxseed as well:

  • Flaxseed oil contains Omega-6 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, and protein.
  • Prevention of cardiovascular clogging of the arteries due to the Omega 6/Omega 3 fatty acid ratio.
  • Reduction of severity of hot flashes (for peri-menopausal and menopausal women)
  • If you are pregnant, or nursing, then you should avoid using flaxseed unless specifically recommended by your trusted physician.

Some other important information to consider about the benefits of flaxseed:

  • It's better absorbed by the body if it is ground up.
  • The best way to grind flax seed is to use a coffee grinder to grind the seed when you are ready to use it.
  • All of the different names for flaxseed makes them all exactly the same. Ground, milled etc.
  • There is little to no difference between the brown or the golden seed.
  • Since ground flax seed is more easily digested in it's ground state, it is a good idea to check labels to make sure the product you've chosen is has ground flaxseed in it, not whole flax.

Some tips on the useful benefits of flaxseed:

  • Get into the habit of adding flax to every food you eat. You can get into the habit of adding flax to dark moist dishes undetected (chilis or casseroles), or baking goods (grind it up!)
  • You should grind flaxseed as you need it, because it keeps fresher if you are freezing it and keeping it in it's whole form.

Should you add flaxseed to your diet? Well it couldn't hurt. Consider this:

  • Research shows low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer in certain populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet and flax is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.
  • Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion, accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises and increases the body's energy production.
  • Eases weight loss in obese individuals by stimulating brown fat cells and increasing the metabolic rate.

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