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Benefits and harm of flaxseed oil

1925-2075 In the middle latitudes of Russia, linseed oil was consumed long before the appearance of sunflower and, especially, corn.But later it was replaced by more technological and universal analogs.

The fact is that the smoking temperature of coal flax is just as low as that of olive oil.In other words, to heat it - only to spoil, and both oil and food.But with a "cold" application, for example, as a salad dressing, the taste and benefits of flaxseed oil are beyond competition.


Caloric content of flaxseed oil is 898 kcal in 100 g, in a daily dose( 20-30 g) contains 180-270 kcal.

Flaxseed oil contains 90% unsaturated fatty acids - the most useful and not synthesized in the human body:

  • alpha-linolenic acid - up to 60%;
  • linoleic acid - 20%;
  • oleic acid - 10%.

10% of the composition - saturated fatty acids:

  • stearic;
  • myristic;
  • palmitic.

In the cold pressed oil vitamins A, E, K, F are retained, group B: B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B9 is generously represented.

Especially high content of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc from macro- and microelements.

Benefits of flaxseed oil

Useful properties of flaxseed oil are caused by a complex of three unsaturated fatty acids and also surprisingly fully represented by a group of vitamin B.

Light fats and vitamins favorably influence the healing process from a number of diseases and help to avoid exacerbations when:

  • prolonged constipation;
  • colitis;
  • helminthiases;
  • ulcer of the stomach and duodenum;
  • disorders in the hormonal area;
  • susceptibility to colds;
  • bronchial asthma;
  • rheumatoid arthritis;
  • in men - with a weakening of reproductive function;
  • in women - with a pronounced premenstrual syndrome.

You have an impressive list of advantages, but they did not create an aura of exclusivity around flaxseed oil.The main thing, than linen oil is useful - it actively counteracts tumor processes.It contains special plant phenols - lignans, which interfere with the development of malignant neoplasms.Particularly noticeable is the use of linseed oil when included in the daily diet - it is proved that this reduces the risk of breast and rectal cancer.

Simultaneously, stroke and heart attack can be avoided, as the condition of the vessels is markedly improved, and blood pressure is normalized.

Harm to flaxseed oil and contraindications to the use of flaxseed oil

Squeeze from a flax seed can reduce blood viscosity and prevent its coagulability.This explains why it is harmful to flax oil for people taking pharmaceutical anticoagulants, analgesics - it will unpredictably strengthen their effect.With the same associated possible damage to linseed oil for diabetics when taking certain drugs - in this case, the doctor's recommendations are needed.

Important : there are contraindications to flaxseed oil for pregnant women.They are caused by the maintenance in it of phytoestrogens, similar to an estrogen of the person.In the second and third trimester of pregnancy, the excess of these hormones increases the risk of miscarriage.With the impact on the hormonal background, damage is caused to flaxseed oil for nursing mothers and small children.

Also this product is not indicated for patients suffering from corneal inflammation, cholecystitis, diarrhea, pancreatitis and cholelithiasis.

How to take flaxseed oil?

The use of linseed oil has many features.Do not use oil for frying - when heated, it loses its healing and nutritional properties - vitamins and phytoestrogens are destroyed, the structure of fats deteriorates, the use of flaxseed oil is reduced almost to zero.

Daily 20-30 g of flaxseed oil( 2 - 3 dessert spoons) improve the condition of the vessels.The elasticity of the walls increases, sclerotic plaques disappear.With long-term use, triglyceride levels in the blood are reduced by 65%, and cholesterol by 25%.This is an effective prevention of stroke, heart attack, ischemic heart disease and hypertension.By the way, it was found that 1 tablespoon of linseed oil lowers blood pressure by 9 mm Hg.Art.

Flaxseed oil is recommended for men to increase hormone production and restore potency.

Flax-oil-photo Important : Children should be given linseed oil in case of broncho-pulmonary infections - this contributes to a rapid cure.It reduces allergic reactions and strengthens the immune system.The calcium contained in it is easily absorbed, which stimulates the growth of the child.

In pregnancy, flaxseed oil is used only as directed by a doctor.In some cases, it is contraindicated, in others - it will have a beneficial effect on the development of the fetus, the formation of bone tissue and the brain.

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