We’ve heard a lot about antioxidants lately and with good reason. They provide essential advantages to our health and are an important anti-aging supplement. Usually, antioxidants come from fruits and vegetables, but the lowly flaxseed is perhaps one of our most strongest sources.
What is Flaxseed Oil?
Flaxseed Oil is also known as Linseed Oil. The oil is created from the seeds of the flax plant. Typically, linseed oil is the yellowish drying oil that is extracted and used as a carrier in oil paint and also as a wood finish. When the flax seed is cold pressed without the extraction, it is called flaxseed oil and is used as a nutritional supplement. More information than you need to know? Maybe, but I thought it was interesting that a lowly plant seed could be used for both furniture finish AND the next best nutritional supplement since the multi-vitamin.
Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are superior in a whole host of ways – heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritis to name a few. Omega 3 fatty acids are usually connected with fish oils but flaxseed oil furnishes a good alternative source of the Omega 3’s for the vegetarian that prefers plant based supplements.
Lignan is a chemical compound found in plants that is a strong antioxidant. Flaxseed oil contains one of the highest concentration of lignan known. Why is that important? Studies have shown populations that ingest a high amount of lignans have a lower occurrence of cancer. Lignans are antioxidant molecules with anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial qualities. These plant hormones are also believed to block the production of hormone-based tumors.
Did you know?
Some spices are now included in the antioxidant food list. Oregano, cinnamon and cloves to name a few.
Antioxidants have proven to have extensive health advantages and anti-aging qualities. As an antioxidant, the flaxseed oils lignans can help increase the bodys immune system, keeping harmful, disease-causing germs from infecting the cells. Lignans also increase the production of a substance tied to estrogen and transports it out of the body which also makes it helpful in relieving PMS symptoms.
Other advantages of flaxseed oil include helping to preserve the body against inflammations, high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and enhances the absorption of calcium.