5 Amazing Flaxseed Oil Benefits For Health & Nutrition Facts

You probably will not believe that flaxseed provides so many amazing benefits for your health. Benefits of flaxseed, due to its Omega 3 content. Flax seed is most highest natural foods that contain Omega 3 among other foods, you only need 1 to 2 tbsp of it to meet daily requirement of Omega 3. Levels of Omega-3 in flax seed about 15 times more when compared with salmon, and does not contain cholesterol, because it comes from vegetable sources. Scientists from Duke University Medical Center, USA, has released the results of research that foods containing Flax seed tend to shrink tumor size and malignancy. The study was conducted on mice genetically to have prostate cancer.

Since ancient times, flaxseed oil is believed to help to maintain the stability of the body's health, preventative medicine for all illnesses. Flax seed contains lignans, estrogen-like chemicals that act as antioxidants more than other grains. Another flaxseed nutrition such as protein, vitamins A, E, D, and vitamin B. Not only that, flax seeds are also rich in sodium, calcium, fiber, and iron. 

Hippocrates already eating and writing about the benefits of flax seed since 500 BC, but the efficacy of the new flaxseed popular in recent years. In the Western world, flaxseed oil is used to treat diseases related to the heart (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and angina), healthy nails, hair, and skin, reduce inflammation in the tissues (including acne), cope with menstrual pain and pramenopouse syndrome, disorders of the brain and nerves (including autism, ADHA, and nerve damage caused by diabetes).

5 Flax seed benefits

  1. Improving health and brain function: Flaxseed improves memory, providing a calm mood and concentration. More than 20% of our brain is composed of fatty substances that perform vital functions for the body. Fatty membranes that encase the brain cells contain fatty acids that serve to convey and receive messages from all organs of the body. Omega-3 fatty acid is one nutrient that is essential for our brains to be able to perform the task as more optimal body operators, as well as educate the child's brain.
  2. Boost immunity against bacteria and viruses: The content of Omega-3 and Lignans in Flaxseed, useful to improve the health of the body's cells. Including vital substances eicosanoids and cytokines that have a role in controlling and improving immunity against excessive stimuli. Also several disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.
  3. Controlling blood sugar levels: Flaxseed contains 3 components that can lower blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. Ie the fiber that our body needs daily, lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Results of research conducted in Canada on 6 healthy individuals showed that after eating bread made from Flaxseed, blood sugar levels decreased 28% compared with eating bread that does not contain Flaxseed.
  4. Lowering blood pressure: The content of Omega-3 fatty acids in Flaxseed is high, the system relaxes blood vessels, resulting in high blood pressure will drop naturally. But not drastically, which can make people weak. As for people whose blood pressure is normal, Flaxseed not lowers blood pressure (dual regulation). Flaxseed fiber is also useful to bind cholesterol and throw it out of the body.
  5. Improving kidney health: From the results of clinical trials, Flaxseed may reduce inflammation and improve renal function in patients who experienced disease SLE (Systematic Lupus Erythematosus). In clinical trials, patients given Flaxseed 15 g, 30 g or 45 g per day for 4 weeks.

Flax seed oil nutrition facts

Flax seed oil (contains added sliced flaxseed) nutritional value per 100 g
Source : USDA Nutrient data base

Energy : 878 kcal 
Carbohydrates : 0.39 g 
Protein : 0.37 g 
Total lipid (Fat) : 99.01 g 
Water : 0.16 g 

Vitamin E : 0.71 mg 
Vitamin K : 3.3 µg 

Calcium : 9 mg 
Iron : 0.34 mg 
Magnesium : 15 mg 
Phosphorus : 27 mg 
Zinc : 0.31 mg 
Sodium : 6 mg 
Potassium : 31 mg 

Saturated fatty acids : 9.047 g 
Monounsaturated fatty acids : 20.634 g 
Polyunsaturated fatty acids : 64.876 g 
Fatty acids, total trans : 0.184
Cholesterol : 0
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Writen by: Mr Soed - Sunday, February 16, 2014