Flaxseed Oil

After yesterday’s post on flax seeds and the “whole” vs. “ground” debate, I realized I failed to even mention the “oil” option! I’ve talked about flaxseed oil once before briefly, but I thought I’d give a bit more detail on why many use it to enhance their health and balance.

When purchasing flaxseed oil, make sure you buy organic cold-pressed. This is the purest form and will have the most nutritional benefits. The oil is very rich in essential fatty acids, and many call it a “balanced” oil because it actually contains the building blocks for both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Many studies have shown that flaxseed oil reduces the pain, swelling and inflammation of arthritis; lowers blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels; and even helps reduce the hardening effects of cholesterol on our cell membranes. Wow!

People who suffer from dry skin will really benefit from flaxseed oil. In addition, it can help people who have more serious skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema. It will help incorporate more essential fatty acids into the cell membranes, which improves the skin’s moisture greatly.

Some experts estimate that 80% of Americans are not obtaining enough essential fatty acids from their diets. While not surprising, this is significant because essential fatty acids are so crucial to protecting us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease, as well as countless more mild health issues. Some other ailments that can be improved with the use of flaxseed oil include autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, and more.

The best way to consume flaxseed oil is to add it to foods. While not stable enough to use for cooking, it works well in things like smoothies, salad dressings, pasta, or even as a dipping oil for bread (with some sea salt and pepper, of course!).

Have a great weekend!

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