What is flaxseed oil and what is it used for?

-Sep 25, Jenny Paul , Health -

Flaxseed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids and that’s why we’ve suspended the powerhouse team of nutrients in the Lumity Morning & Night formula in it so you get all that you need when you take your soft gels twice a day.

Flaxseed oil is particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. 

Omega-3 fatty acids have been demonstrated to reduce inflammation in all systems, stabilize sugar levels, lower insulin levels, increase the radiance and elasticity of the skin, add resilience and lubrication to tissues, improve cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and boost the immune system.

What is flaxseed oil and what is it used for? 

Increasing dietary intake of the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil generally decreases inflammation, whereas increasing dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids increases inflammatory markers. 

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the typical Western diet is about 16:1, yet it is estimated that humans evolved on a diet with an omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of about 1:1. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil is 1:4, which helps redress the balance without the introduction of contaminants, such as heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), often present in fish oils.

Which foods contain flaxseed oil? 

If you’re looking for foods which contain flaxseed oil, they’re generally on sale in organic and health food shops. 

A number of baked goods contain flaxseeds but ensure that they’re made from ground, rather than whole flaxseeds to fully benefit from the oil contained within the seed.

What are the benefits of flaxseed oil? 

Essential fatty acids are vital to the healthy functioning of the body and cannot be synthesised internally. They protect all cell membranes, keeping them efficient at admitting healthy substances while barring damaging ones.

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids are particularly useful in conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, arthritis and skin conditions.

Dry skin, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, ageing skin and other conditions always respond to flaxseed’s anti-inflammatory and overall skin-healing properties. Flaxseed oil protects and repairs skin, in particular from the harmful effects of the sun that can contribute to skin wrinkling. In cases of acne, the essential fatty acids encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.

The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have also been shown to fortify hair and contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lacklustre locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalising and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil nourish and strengthen dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.

FAQ: What is the recommended daily dosage for flaxseed oil? 

Flaxseed oil doesn’t have a set recommended dosage. Lumity’s ingredients are suspended in flaxseed oil for greater bioavailability. This means that once you have swallowed the gel caps, the ingredients are quickly and easily absorbed by your body.  The daytime capsules contain 1005 mg and the night ones have 933 mg. 

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