The health benefits of flaxseed oil are impressive. If you haven't been using flaxseed or flaxseed oil in your daily meal preparation, you've been missing out on a super-food that will lower your risk for cancer and keep your heart healthy.
Why is flaxseed and flaxseed oil so good for you? Because it's filled with lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. If you eat ground flaxseed, you will also benefit from the high fiber content of the flaxseed hulls, one more health benefit.
But what do lignans, Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber do for you? The health benefits are undeniable.
Lignans, or phytohormones, act as a protective agent against types of cancer linked to hormones, especially breast cancer. Researchers are investigating if lignans-which are found naturally in the hulls of flaxseed-could possibly work to not only prevent hormonally linked cancers, but to also heal the body and fight against existing cancer cells. Lignans also lower cholesterol and act as antioxidants. They are antibacterial and antiviral in nature, so they aid the body in fighting illness.
Omega-3 fatty acids are valuable fats. You may think all fats are bad, but this is the kind of fat you want in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids support the immune system, act as natural anti-inflammation agents, assists the body is hormone production and regulation and strengthen hair, skin and nails.
Fiber cleans your colon, helps you feel full and aids in proper digestion and elimination.
These three properties make flaxseed and flaxseed oil so very good for you. Grind flaxseed and sprinkle it on top of pancakes, muffins, or cereal. Use flaxseed oil in everyday cooking dishes, but don't heat it more than 325 degrees Fahrenheit or you will lose some of the benefits - add it at the end of the cooking process, much like you'd add vanilla extract to a dish. You can also take flaxseed oil supplements which come in capsule form. However you choose to do it, make sure you get about a tablespoon of flaxseed oil or a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your diet each day.
Omega-3 fatty acids are called essential fatty acids, which mean that it cannot be synthesized by the body and must result from the diet. The best source for this fatty acid is found in fish especially sardines, salmon and herring.