I have been coming across flax seed oil and its benefits more and more in my recent research. Its popularity has increased immensely over the past few years. And, in lieu of National Nutrition Month in the United States I thought I would share with you exactly what Flax seed oil is and why it has become a go-to nutritious supplement.
Flax seed oil comes from a blue flowering plant that is grown in the Western Canadian Prairies. It is a natural oil that contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, and is considered to be our highest source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is also high in B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc – all necessary for maintaining our health.
Nutritionists, researchers and scientists are all promoting the benefits of this natural supplement, and there are many. Here are just a few from essortment.com:
• Omega- 3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, reducing the risk for strokes and heart attacks.
• Flax seed oil helps accelerate the healing for sprains and bruises.
• It contains high levels of lignan (more so than most whole grains), which lowers the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.
• Eases weight loss in people who are affected by obesity.
• Helps to protect the body against high blood pressure and lowered immune function.
• Can improve eyesight and the perception of colors.
• Improves the absorption of Calcium for stronger bones!
Out current diets do not get anywhere close to meeting the daily essential fatty acid requirements, and flax seed is rarely found in what we eat. Therefore, adding flax seed oil as a supplement to our diets can be beneficial.
Of course, always consult a physician before changing or adding anything to your diet.