Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed, also called linseed, is derived from the seeds of the same plant that produces linen (Linium usitatissimum). The Linium usitatissimum plant has supplied linen to ancient cultures for millennia. Its dried seeds and accompanying oil have been used medicinally to treat various ailments including constipation, skin inflammation, stomach, bowel and bladder conditions, chest congestion, and heart problems. Current research is confirming its traditional use, finding that flaxseed may indeed have health benefits ranging from laxative properties, to certain anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and anticancer effects. The American diet is often deficient in omega-3 fatty acids (type of oil found within flaxseed). The dietary supplementation with flaxseed may have important nutritional benefits.


Flaxseed
contains approximately 40 - 60% of the omega-3 essential fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): 15 - 20% of the omega-6 essential fatty acid, linoleic acid; and varying amounts of the lignan, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG), or more commonly known as phytoestrogens. Research suggests that flaxseed ALA may relieve inflammation by its conversion in the body, into several anti-inflammatory metabolites including eicosopentaenoic acid (EPA), series-3 prostaglandins, the series-5 leukotrienes, and the series-3 thromboxanes.


ALA may block the production of pro-inflammatory compounds, including; eicosanoids, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), leukotriene B4 (LTB4), cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta). ALA in cellular walls and membranes can affect membrane fluidity and have important immunomodulating, hormonal, anti-therogenic and anti-inflammatory actions. It is theorized that the flaxseed lignan SDG may have anti-platelet activating factor activity. It may also block some of estrogen‘s cancer-inducing effects by selective estrogen receptor modulating (SERM) activity.



Products Containing Flaxseed Oil
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Flaxseed Oil $5.50
 
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$0.06 100 Optimum Nutrition

 

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