Cultivated since time immemorial, particularly in Asian medicine, flaxseed oil has long been the source of our ancestors' beauty and health secrets. Its exceptional richness in omega 3 gives it many virtues.
Today, scientists are rediscovering it and are gradually bringing it to light. But why is it so interesting? What are the benefits of flaxseed oil? When to take flaxseed oil ? Which dietary supplement should I choose? Here is everything you need to know about it!
What is flaxseed oil ? Origin and composition
Flax has been cultivated since antiquity on all continents, and was long dedicated to the production of fibers used in the textile industry. The oldest traces of flax fibers were found in Georgia and date back 36,000 years.
The medicinal virtues and nutritional qualities of flaxseed oil have also been known since ancient times. Flax is mainly found in temperate and tropical climates, particularly in Canada, Argentina, India and the United States.
Even today, in the form of seeds or oil, flax is part of the Chinese and Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Western veterinary medicine uses it as an anti-inflammatory.
It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that flaxseed oil made its triumphant entry into Europe. If it disappeared from the market at one point, the renewed Western interest in Asian medicines has brought this treasure of nature back into fashion.
Thus, since the year 2000, cold-pressed flaxseed oil has found its way back into health food stores, grocery stores and some pharmacies.
Flax is an annual plant, harvested after flowering, just before the seeds are fully ripe. It is known for its richness in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which represent about 70% of the total weight of the seed. Here is its complete composition:
- Omega 3
- Omega 6
- Omega 9
- Vitamins A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin E
From a nutritional point of view, flaxseed oil provides an average of 900 kcal per 100 ml, like all other oils on the market. However, its alpha linolenic acid content is high, with 56 g per 100 ml of finished product!
How is flaxseed oil produced?
Flaxseed oil is obtained by the first cold pressing of flaxseeds when they have reached maturity. It is extracted by pressure-dissolving, as is done with rapeseed. Once this pressure has been achieved, the flaxseed oil is filtered and stored away from light and heat to prevent it from losing its quality.
What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?
Scientists have established the benefits of flaxseed oil based on the virtues of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha linolenic acid. Here is the complete list of benefits of flaxseed oil below.
A 2018 study published in a reputable medical journal highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseed oil. Its regular consumption would reduce inflammation markers, especially in people who suffer from heart problems.
Indeed, the various volunteers who regularly consumed flaxseed oil showed a clear improvement in the dilation of the arteries. This substance can therefore be effective in patients at risk, but also in those who have already developed a heart condition.
Protects the skin and hair
Flaxseed oil has anti-aging, emollient and softening properties. It moisturizes the skin in depth and improves its elasticity. Rich in alpha-linolenic acid, it helps reduce inflammation of sensitive and irritated skin.
Its effectiveness was in particular proven on the dehydrated skins, prone to the eczema, the psoriasis and the rednesses. Lastly, it makes it possible to reinforce the cutaneous barrier so that the skin can face the external aggressions more serenely.
Flaxseed oil also contributes to the health of the hair. It brings damaged hair back to life thanks to its composition of fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and 6. In care, omega-3 is ideal for strengthening the sheath of fine and sensitive hair. In concrete terms, flaxseed oil has a real protective effect on hair.
In addition, flaxseed oil also contains vitamin E, which helps slow down or even stop hair loss. It stimulates the scalp and rebalances sebum production. It is indeed a "miracle" hair product! It is often used in cosmetics, but acts very effectively from the inside, when taken as a dietary supplement.
Flaxseed also has film-forming agents, which have the role of slowing down the evaporation of water, just like emollients. Flaxseed has hydrophilic film-forming agents, which deposit a light veil on the surface of the hair fiber to prevent water from evaporating.
In addition to providing all of the above benefits to the hair, flaxseed oil also adds shine, volume and luster. If you are prone to frizz, flaxseed oil is your ideal partner! Indeed, this oil is known to be an ideal solution to fight unruly hair.
Acts on mental health and cognitive functions
The virtues of omega 3 have been shown to improve age-related mental dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Studies estimate that a regular consumption of omega 3 fatty acids could slow down the evolution of this disease. It could also limit its appearance.
Flaxseed oil therefore has many benefits for mental health. Other studies have concluded that it is useful for relieving or accompanying treatments aimed at combating depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
However, these studies remain limited and need to be studied in greater depth in order to better understand the links between omega-3 and mental health. However, it would seem that omega-3s, particularly present in the brain, can prevent many forms of degeneration.
Protects against cardiovascular diseases: hypertension, hypercholesterolemia
In 2018, a study was conducted on flaxseed oil to verify its effectiveness on cardiovascular diseases. Mainly induced by too high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and sugar, often aggravated by a lifestyle and an unbalanced diet, cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death in the world.
This study demonstrated that flaxseed oil is able to increase HDL 3 cholesterol and decrease blood pressure in people with moderate hypercholesterolemia.
Volunteers who ingested 15 ml of flaxseed oil in daily doses had a significant decrease in bad cholesterol and an increase in good cholesterol. Although this study is recent, this finding is not new. In fact, since the 1950s, researchers have been well aware of the role of omega 3 in cardiovascular protection.
As mentioned above, flaxseed oil contains a high proportion of alpha linolenic acid, the precursor of omega 3 EPA and DHA. It is therefore considered as one of the major factors of this cardiovascular protection.
Acts on hormonal regulation
Flaxseed oil is known to be rich in phytœstrogens. This is why scientists have taken a closer look at its possible benefits in hormonal regulation, especially during premenopause and menopause.
An Australian study was conducted in 1998 to discover the effects of phytœstrogens in women in the menopausal stage. This study monitored levels of phytoœstrogens, bone density, hot flashes and vaginal smears in postmenopausal women taking a flaxseed oil supplement or not, with a flaxseed-rich diet.
Over a period of 12 weeks, the data obtained proved that the phytœstrogens present in flax would be able to reduce certain symptoms of menopause.
Prevents certain cancers
Omega 3s have been the subject of numerous studies aimed at demonstrating their role in the prevention of certain cancers. These observations made it possible to discover the protective role of omega 3 in particular in the protection of breast cancer.
Other benefits of flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement
Taking a flaxseed oil supplement can offer you many other benefits. Supplementing with flaxseed oil will allow you to :
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Prevent the formation of blood clots
- Strengthen your resistance to stress
- Regulate your transit
- Stimulate your immune system
- Protect the brain
- Improve dry skin problems
- Soothe mood or memory disorders
- Relieve dry syndromes
Are flaxseed oil capsules effective for constipation?
Do you suffer from symptoms of constipation (slowing down of bowel movements, feeling that the intestines have not been completely emptied, gas, indigestion, etc.)?
Flaxseed oil is ideal for regulating transit problems. Laxative, it allows to treat chronic and temporary constipation naturally. It acts in fact on digestive disorders of several origins.
Do flaxseed oil capsules make you lose weight?
Flaxseed oil capsules also have this major interest, that of accompanying you in your weight loss project. Indeed, the omega 3, fiber and micronutrients contained in a food supplement flaxseed oil have real benefits for the body and can reduce body fat.
We advise you to take flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement as a cure for 1 to 2 months, then to take a break of 2 or 3 weeks before resuming in the event that your digestive problems reappear.
How to use flaxseed oil ?
Flaxseed oil can be used in its liquid form, to accompany dishes, but also in the form of food supplements.
When to take flaxseed oil?
As a dietary supplement, we recommend that you take 2 capsules of flaxseed oil per day, after a meal. You can also consume flaxseed oil as a seasoning in raw vegetables and salads. However, it is not made to be consumed cooked, as it does not stand the heat.
You should also know that flax seeds can be eaten. The adequate intake of alpha linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed is 1.6 grams per day for men and 1.1 grams per day for women.
Is flaxseed oil toxic?
Flaxseed oil is absolutely not toxic in itself. If the question has arisen in recent years, it is because it is an oil that does not keep as well as other oils. In fact, when it goes rancid, it becomes unfit for consumption and can then become toxic for the body.
Rest assured, before avoiding this type of problem, the Afssa has asked producers to respect new standards. This concerns in particular the traceability of the batches, mentions affixed on the labeling, duration and conditions of conservation, conditioning, etc.
For linseed oil to be non-toxic, it must be protected from air, light and heat.
How much flaxseed oil should I take in a day?
It all depends on how it is consumed. Generally, as a dietary supplement, flaxseed oil should be taken with meals, twice a day. However, flaxseed oil can also be ingested pure. In this case, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil can cover more than twice the recommended nutritional intake of omega-3.
How to choose your flaxseed oil?
It is essential that you choose your flaxseed oil carefully in order to benefit from its health benefits. Indeed, many flaxseed oils and flaxseed oil supplements are sold on the market. It is not always easy to distinguish between a "good" and a "bad" supplement.
First of all, you must choose a flaxseed oil extracted from 1st cold pressure. This traditional method is a real guarantee of quality. This process preserves the benefits of the oil, such as the vitamins. These molecules are very sensitive to heat and can quickly denature irreversibly if exposed to high temperatures.
Secondly, the flax seeds and the extracted flax oil must not have received any chemical treatment. Contact with such products often leads to a modification of the fatty acids present in the oil and saturates them.
In short, choosing a dietary supplement whose oil is virgin and first cold pressed (or cold extracted) guarantees you a high quality oil, concentrated in essential active principles and with unchanged virtues.
Where to buy a flaxseed oil food supplement?
Flaxseed oil dietary supplements can easily be found in supermarkets, pharmacies or organic stores. However, we recommend organic stores, which will undoubtedly offer you a better quality food supplement. You can also buy your flaxseed oil food supplement on our site The SybariteYou can also buy your flaxseed oil food supplement on our website, suitable for all types of skin and hair.
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