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Why flax seed oil benefits your health

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Today flaxseed oil is promoted by many health professionals because of its benefits to long term health. Flaxseed oil is derived from the seeds of the flax plant. Sometime between 4000 and 2000 BC, flax cultivation became a common practice in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and in regions of the Middle East, and there is some evidence that flax cultivation may have started even thousands of years earlier. Flaxseed oil is rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an essential acid that is known to be beneficial in preventing heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and variety of other diseases. Flaxseed also contains a group of chemicals called lignans that helps prevent cancer.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) belong to a group of substance called omega-3 fatty acids. It’s important to maintain a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 they work together to provide good health. Omega-3 acids reduce inflammation and omega-6 tends to promote it. American’s diet usually contains more omega-6 than normal because of their diets. Many health specialist believe this is the main cause of inflammatory diseases in America. Finally, the lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce risk of colon cancer. This impressive group of digestive tract benefits is likely to receive more attention in future research studies. Flaxseed is widely available in stores in form of liquid, power, and soft gel caps. Flaxseed oil will turn rancid if it not refrigerated. Being available in different forms you can add it to your foods easily. Studies suggest that flaxseed oil maybe helpful in benefiting a variety of conditions.

Other benefits:

Lower cholesterol

High blood pressure

Arthritis

Breast cancer

Depression

Management of perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms

References:

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