The immense amount of nutrients presents in flaxseed oil include essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, protein, lignans which offer to lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Therapeutic Incentives of Flaxseed oil
The goodness of omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseeds hinders the growth of cancer cell formation and its development. Studies have proven that consuming oils rich in omega 3 fatty acids shields the body against breast cancer and prostate cancers. Flaxseeds with a plentiful amount of lignans exhibit antiangiogenic properties and stop tumour growth. The lignans content in flaxseeds 800 times higher than any other foods. Moreover, adding flaxseed oil as part of a healthy diet regularly is valuable in averting the risk of various types of cancers.
Promotes Heart Health
Being essentially rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre, phytosterols and Omega 3 fatty acids flaxseed oil can greatly improve heart health and are one of the best foods that lower blood pressure. The richness of lignans lower triglycerides level, reduce inflammation and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. This, in turn, eases the flow of blood and other food substances via the tubular structures in the circulatory system – arteries and veins. Hence, the normal blood pressure range of 110/70 to 139/89 is maintained in the system. Furthermore, phytosterols play a key role in lowering LDL cholesterol and prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine.
Regulates Blood sugar
The presence of ample amounts of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre and lignans in flaxseeds decrease insulin resistance and lower the risk of prediabetes and stabilize blood sugar levels. Regular addition of flaxseeds in the diet remarkably improves insulin sensitivity, controls blood pressure and delayed the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
The two vital nutrients lignans and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) in flaxseeds possess powerful anti-inflammatory effects and lower inflammation associated with Parkinson’s and asthma by blocking the secretions of pro-inflammatory agents. In addition, it also lowers the inflammation in the plaque buildup arteries i.e. atherosclerosis and averts the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Several studies have shown that flaxseed oil consumed twice daily remarkably lowered the intensity of hot flushes in women during menopause within two weeks. This is attributed to the presence of phytoestrogens which mimics the work of estrogen hormones and compensates for the loss of estrogen hormones during menopause and reduces other PMS symptoms.
Stimulates Digestive Health
The essence of soluble and insoluble fibre in flaxseed oil is attributed to act as a digestive aid. A serving of this seed oil provides 3 grams of fibre which meets 12% of dietary fibre allowance for normal adults. The richness of fibre increases the bulk and result in smooth passage of stools, thereby preventing constipation and also assists those with irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease.
Flaxseed oil is rich in amino acids arginine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid. A teaspoon of oil provides helps to suppress the appetite, control unwanted hunger pangs, prevents from overeating, increases the feeling of fullness and thereby assists in shedding extra calories and fat.
Flaxseed oil is generally considered safe for adults when consumed in smaller amounts. However, adding too much of flaxseeds in the diet may cause gastrointestinal side effects like bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea, cramping, constipation and diarrhoea.
FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
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Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.