The Many Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

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In the past, flax seed and flax seed oil was available only in specialty health food stores; however, as more and more information comes out as to the benefits of this plant and the oil made from it, the more easily accessible it becomes. And for good reason: regularly consuming flax seed oil can help decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. 

These benefits, and others, are attributed to flax seed oil’s trifecta of healthy nutrients: omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. For those following an alkaline food diet, flax seed oil is a good alternative to many of the more acid vegetable oils such as corn oil. So what exactly can it do for you?

Help protect you against breast, prostate, and colon cancer. The combination of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids may help to inhibit the growth of existing tumors and create a hostile environment for new tumors to form.

Keep your heart healthy. The omega-3s found in flax seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, helping to normalize your heartbeat, lower blood pressure, and prevent plaque from hardening in the arteries.

Alkalizing affect on body. As part of a healthy alkaline diet, flax and flax seed oil is considered moderately alkalizing and a good alternative for acidic oils such as corn oil.

Help manage type 2 diabetes. The lignans in flax seed oil can potentially improve blood sugar, making it easier for those living with type 2 diabetes to remain healthy.

Treat symptoms of menopause. Studies have found that the more flax seed oil consumed by menopausal women, the less intense the most common symptoms of this change are, especially when it comes to hot flashes. Eating just two tablespoons of flax seed oil each day can cut your instances of hot flashes by a whopping 57 percent!