Introduction of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are an amazing source of an important element called, Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely crucial for an individual's growth and well-being. It gives us dietary fiber's, nutrients and good fats. The composition is quite different than that of sunflower and canola seeds. This oil is obtained from the flax seed plant. It consists of 55 percent fatty acids and 40 percent of its measure is oil. It is unique in itself. It can be converted into oil, can be consumed raw or can also be powdered, etc. The whole world today knows the importance of including this food in our diet. Due to its popularity, it has been made available in various forms like capsules, seeds, powder, etc. The food is a good source of potassium and is usually consumed by people through salads or by mixing it in drinks. Once, the oil gets taken out, the left material is used to feed livestock. Chicken are made to eat it as it is healthier and nutrition oriented, this will indirectly be useful to the people.

Difference between flaxseed oil and linseed oil

There is a confusion that, Flax oil is termed as linseed oil, an oil which is sold as a varnish in most of the hardware stores. The difference is, flax is for human food whereas linseed is meant for industrial uses. 

Omega 3 fatty acids

The three refers to, Alpha-Linolenic, Docosahexaenoic acid, and Eicosapentaenoic acids. These are the three major type of fatty acids that our body gains when we consume flaxseed. These acids are converted and used by our cell membranes, so a good health can be managed. Lack of omega 3 in diet, can lead to health risk and apparently death.

Benefits of Flaxseeds 

The acid, ALA consists of almost 57 percent of important fatty acids. A tablespoon shall contain 8 gram of ALA, which is Polyunsaturated Fatty acid. It is beneficial toward those who suffer problems like, Colitis and Crohn's Disease. It reduces the inflammation found in the lining of our stomach too. The high quantity of mucilage found is a natural and an effective laxative. It benefits people to reduce cholesterol. It must be considered that there is diet plan required along with flaxseed consumption that shall reduce the overall cholesterol. The heart problems are low in people, who take flaxseed oil. There is a research which says, that consumption of the flaxseed oil prevents a heart attack and extreme blood pressure.

Flax seed oil also treats dry eyes. 

It has the following effects

1. Reduction in cancer cells
2. Healthy nail as well as hair growth
3. Good skin
4. Reduction in symptoms of Menopause
5. Burns body fat
6. Flaxseed Oil

This oil is available in form of liquid gel capsules. A special package material is required as it can get easily destroyed by oxygen, light, and heat. After it is brought, one needs to refrigerate it.

Flaxseed can also slow the rate of our body to absorb oral medications or some other nutrients in case we take it together. It is important to consult a professional here. 

Sources of flaxseed oil

Today natural and artificial are considered consumable, so it is better to buy natural flaxseed rather than buying genetically modified/engineered food. It must also be free from added metals or taste components.

So, a daily intake of organic flaxseed supplement will take you closer to being healthy in the long run. 

How to Take It

1. Flaxseed oil: One can take up to 1 - 2 tablespoonfuls on a daily basis, or 1 - 2 capsules instead.

2. It is in liquid form which includes at least 7 grams of acid (ALA) in every 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the oil.

3. The said dose is 1000 mg on a daily basis. It will be good if one includes it in the diet through muffins, bread or salad. Some 30 grams of flaxseed would be safe if consumed daily.

4. The quality of flaxseed must be good enough as it is usually prone to acidity. The oxygen and light eventually break the essential fatty acids. One can look for a container which is bottled in amber colored and resistant to the light of heat for that matter. Refrigeration is a must to extend its usability.

5. The oil will take some time so it gets absorbed into our body. The effects will be visible within few days of at most 1 to 2 months.

Side effects of Flaxseeds 

1. Can cause serious trouble if taken in very high dose on a consistent base.

2. One can experience loose stools or diarrhea. This could be due to allergy reactions.

3. This oil is attained from flaxseed, it does not cause us any kind of side effects. We know that Flaxseeds has high fiber content so this can lead to gas or bloat. But, flaxseed oil, on the other hand, does not contain fiber.

4. A high dose can increase the chances of bleeding. It is important for people who has bleeding disorders.

5. Uncooked flaxseed contains some amount of cyanide compound. It is seen especially when consumed raw. Heat present on dry seeds usually breaks the compound. But according to US government almost 2 to 3 tablespoon of flax seeds is safe for human consumption.

Serious Side Effects

1. One must stop consuming if one sees the following effects:

2. Bleeding

3. Easily getting bruised

4. Tarry stools, Bloody stools

5. Vomiting

Hemorrhagic stroke symptoms (which is due to bleeding in our brain) one's like, vision and speech changes or some weakness/numbness in the arm or leg, some headache

Allergic reaction signs like,

1. Rash, due to unknown reason
2. Hives
3. Too much itching
4. Swelling
5. Oozing and wheezing
6. Unable to swallow and breathe

Plant-based ALA has no changes of prostate cancer, but meat based flaxseed do. So better to go for the natural and direct way.

Not suggested to pregnant ladies

Flaxseed oil and Flaxseeds are different, so their composition is different from each other.

Flaxseed oil is probably safe for most breastfeeding women, especially when consumed at normal and reasonable amounts.

Interactions

One must not take this flaxseed oil (or better alpha-linolenic acid) or some other form of omega-3 fatty acids until considering a health care provider's advice.

Blood-thinning medicines (anticoagulants) and Omega-3 fatty acids can strengthen the impact of blood thinning medicines. This includes aspirin, (Coumadin) Warfarin and (Plavix) clopidogrel . The combination must be had only after consulting a professional

One must be cautious before taking omega 3 acids if one is already prescribed with following medicines.

a) Glyburide
b) Glipizide
c) Insulin
d) Glucophage

Other benefits

1. It's good to treat kidney damage, which is caused due to transplant.

2. Improves the usual symptoms of psoriasis in people.

3. Reduces cholesterol effectively with the help of better counterparts.

Brands

Sri Sri Ayurveda Flaxseed Oil Capsules

Bhumija Omega3 Fatty Acids (Omeja3) Capsules 

Shrey's Omega 3-6-9 Flaxseed Oil