The flax plant is commonly found in the Indian sub-continent and the Mediterranean regions. The seeds of this plant are used in various ways as they exhibit several medicinal properties. The seeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which can help improve your overall health in several ways.
Health Benefits Of Flaxseeds
- Ground flaxseeds may have a laxative effect as they contain soluble fiber.
- They contain a group of chemicals called lignans. Studies suggests that lignans might reduce the risk of certain estrogen-dependent cancers such as breast cancer, and other types of cancers.
- Some studies show that they help lower the levels of 'bad' cholesterol.
- They improve kidney function in people affected by lupus.
- Some studies suggest that alpha-linolenic acid present in the seeds may benefit people with heart disease.
- Some research evidence suggests that taking 1-2 g of flaxseeds per day can alleviate the symptoms of dry eye in people affected by Sjogren's syndrome.
- Some studies show that the intake of 40 g of powdered seeds per day may have effects similar to hormone therapy, for improving mild menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Skin
The oil is available in liquid and capsule forms. It contains lipids (fats) that are an important part of your skin's structure and elasticity. Following are its benefits for skin:
- The oil relieves the symptoms of skin disorders such as dermatitis and eczema, by reducing itchiness.
- The fatty acids in the oil help with thinning of sebum, and thereby minimize the chances of acne problems. The acids also help reduce blocking of the pores that cause acne.
- It reduce inflammation and redness in skin disorders.
- It helps relieve sunburnt skin if applied topically.
- The oil helps to nourish and moisturize the skin. It also helps prevent loss of water, thereby reducing fine lines and dry skin patches.
- The oil helps strengthen brittle, cracked, and peeling nails.
- It nourishes and promotes healthy hair growth.
A normal dose of the oil will not lead to any side severe effect. It may interact with other drugs like blood thinners, NSAID painkillers, and medicines for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and hormone treatments. Therefore, people undergoing these medications need to consult a physician before starting flaxseed oil supplementation. Also, these supplements are not recommended for nursing mothers and pregnant women.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.