The essential fatty acids (Omega oils) in flaxseed oil are one of its key healing components
. EFAs are particularly valuable because the body needs them to function properly, but can't manufacture them on its own. Essential fatty acids work throughout the body to protect cell membranes
, keeping them efficient at admitting healthy substances while barring damaging ones. One of the EFAs in flaxseed oil, alpha-linolenic acid, is known as an omega-3 fatty acid. Like the omega-3s found in fish, it appears to reduce the risk of heart disease
and numerous other ailments. Flaxseed oil only contains these alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3 oils), and not the fiber or lignan components that the whole plant contains. Therefore, flaxseed oil provides the Omega 3 benefits, such as lipid-lowering properties, but not the laxative or anti-cancer properties. Whole flaxseeds (not the extracted oil) are a rich source of lignans (phytoestrogens), substances that appear to positively affect hormone-related problems. Lignans may also be useful in preventing certain cancers and combating specific bacteria, fungi, and viruses
, including those that cause cold sores and shingles
Lowering cholesterol, protecting against heart disease and controling high blood pressure
. Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseed, can lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease
. Taking it may also protect against angina
(chest pain) and high blood pressure.
Countering inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts
Natural Omega-369 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, skin and kidneys
, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease. Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition. In addition, the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to boost the absorption of iodine (a mineral often found in low levels in women suffering from fibrocystic breasts)
makes flaxseed oil potentially valuable for treating this often painful condition.
Controling constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones
As they are high in dietary fibre, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease
. In those with diverticular disease
, flaxseeds may also keep intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay. Taken for inflammatory bowel disease, it can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage. In addition, the oil may prevent painful gallstones from developing and even dissolve existing stones
Treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea
The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers
. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions
and overall skin-soothing properties
. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.
Fighting prostate problems, male infertility and impotence
The EFAs in flaxseed oil may help to prevent swelling and inflammation of the prostate,
Promoting healthy hair and nails The abundant
Natural Omega-369 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the oil's EFAs work to nourish dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting. Reducing cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing
The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate
, and perhaps skin cancer
. Although further studies are needed, research undertaken at the University of Toronto indicates that women with breast cancer, regardless of the degree of cancer invasiveness, may benefit from treatment with flaxseed. Interestingly, the lignans may protect against various effects of ageing as wel
Treating menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis
Because the hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in flaxseed help stabilise a woman's estrogen-progesterone ratio, they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle, and relieve the hot flashes of perimenopause and menopause. Flaxseed may also improve uterine function and thus treat fertility problems. In addition, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed have been shown to block production of prostaglandins
, hormone like substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.
oil is a rich source of vitamin B6 and folic acid of the Vitamin B complex, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus and many other essential nutrients, and is a healthy addition for diet. Wheat germ oil has a high nutritional value when compared to the other vegetables or grains. Relieve the discomforts of PMS, menopause, menstruation, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts
Antioxidant And Anti-Aging Properties:
Wheat germ has antioxidant and anti-aging
properties, which help in preventing many diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease
, etc. It also helps in reducing the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, and also reduces premature aging signs. It preserves the texture of your skin and hair, and even protects your skin from damage.
Reduced Bad Cholesterol:
It lowers the bad cholesterol levels to a great extent and increases the blood circulation
which, in turn, helps in keeping your heart healthy
. The increased blood circulation also helps in making the skin and hair healthy.
Wheat germ oil contains vitamin B, which helps in repairing tissue damage and in tissue growth
. It also helps minerals, vitamins and nutrients reach our cells
Wheat germ oil is high in a long chain, saturated, primary alcohol called octacosanol that improves the muscular energy
. Thus, wheat germ oil is highly recommended for sportspersons. It gives energy and oxygen during exercise
and makes you energetic too.
Regulates Nervous System:
Wheat germ oil is also beneficial in lifting the mood as it contains the goodness of omega-3 fatty acids, which help in regulating the nervous system
systematically. It makes you energetic and also reduces the stress
to a great extent as it contains vitamin-B complex.
Prevents Skin Problems:
Wheat germ oil helps in providing you with a healthy skin as it prevents many skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, and dry skin. You can apply it topically it will soothe and repair your skin. It contains vitamin E oil, which is considered to be very good for the skin.
Fights Fat Accumulation:
Wheat germ oil is a fat-fighter and, when used regularly, it helps in reducing the extra fat from the body. It can be part of any weight loss program as it gives you noticeable effects.
Promotes Blood Sugar Level:
Wheat germ oil is rich in magnesium. Thus, when used regularly, it helps in promoting healthy blood sugar control, which is especially beneficial for diabetic patients. It helps in keeping the sugar levels under control and thus, controls diabetes to a great extent.
Prevents Birth Defects:
It also prevents many types of birth defects like impotence and miscarriages
. It is high in vitamin E. Wheat germ oil is advisable even for pregnant women as it has many benefits and it also prevents birth defects. It also allows healthy red blood cells
Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant. In fact, Evening Primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of this important substance and only a few other plants contain it at all. This makes Evening Primrose an important medicinal herb, and as studies continue, the list of benefits will likely become much longer. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.
Relieve the discomforts of PMS, menopause, menstruation, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts
By interfering with the production of inflammatory prostaglandins released during menstruation, the GLA in evening primrose oil can help to lessen menstrual cramps. It may also minimise premenstrual breast tenderness, irritable bowel flare-ups, and carbohydrate cravings, and help to control endometriosis-associated inflammation. Many PMS sufferers are found to have unusually low levels of GLA in their systems, which is why supplements might help so much. In women with fibrocystic breasts, the oil's essential fatty acids can minimise breast inflammation and promote the absorption of iodine, a mineral that can be present in abnormally low levels in women with this condition. In menopause, it is widely reported that Evening Primrose oil reduces hot flushes and increases feelings of well being.
Ease the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis
Supplementation with evening primrose oil and other sources of GLA has been shown to lessen the joint pain and swelling of this crippling disease. A six-month study reported fewer signs of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers taking capsules containing GLA than in those taking a placebo. In another trial, the number of tender joints and swollen joints dropped significantly with GLA but not with a placebo.
Prevent diabetes-associated nerve damage
Research indicates that the GLA in evening primrose oil can help prevent, and in some cases even reverse, the nerve damage (neuropathy) so commonly seen with diabetes. In a year-long study, such symptoms as numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation in participants with mild diabetic neuropathy were less marked in those who took evening primrose oil than in those who took a placebo.
Reduce the symptoms of eczema
In some cases, eczema develops when the body has problems converting dietary fats into GLA. Getting supplemental GLA from evening primrose oil may therefore be helpful. Some studies indicate that this oil can outperform a placebo in relieving eczema-related inflammation, as well as the itching, oozing, and flaking associated with this condition. By taking GLA, eczema sufferers may tolerate reduced doses of steroid creams and drugs, many of which cause unpleasant side effects.
Combat damage from multiple sclerosis
The abundant supply of essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil may be valuable in minimizing the inflammation associated with this progressive nerve disorder. The fatty acids may also contribute to healthy nerve development when taken over time.
Treat Alzheimer's-related memory deficiencies
By boosting the transmission of nerve impulses, evening primrose oil may be valuable in treating this progressive brain disorder.
Counter impotence and female infertility
By promoting blood flow, the GLA in evening primrose oil can help treat a primary cause of male impotence; compromised circulation leading to impaired penile blood flow. The oil is often taken with vitamin C and ginkgo biloba for this purpose. In addition, when the oil is taken long term, GLA can help prevent blood vessel narrowing, often a consequence of plaque buildup from high cholesterol. By improving uterine function, GLA may also help those who are unable to conceive.
Nourish nails, scalp, and hair
The rich stores of essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil not only prevent nails from cracking but also to keep them generally healthy. In addition, the essential fatty acids nourish the scalp, making the supplement potentially valuable in treating a variety of hair problems
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