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The Various Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

By Eric J. Griffiths

Flaxseed oil, known also as linseed oil, comes in various forms and uses. Organic flaxseed oil can help the human body in many ways and is certainly worth considering as a nutritional supplement.

It has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, it’s great at reducing inflammation, preventing heart disease, among other benefits. For example, it is helpful in treating eczema, because it has the ability to reduce inflammation.

It’s important to know that there are good fats just as there are bad ones. Unfortunately, with many people battling weight issues, they’re trying to cut out anything that has fat in it. What is unfortunate is that the body requires good fats. Without them, it will not function properly.

When it comes to weight issues, you need to reduce the amount of trans fats that you take in. Avoid eating anything that lists partially hydrogenated oil on the label.

Although organic flaxseed oil is not as popular as olive oil is, it does have similar benefits. Olive oil is thought to improve the health of those who consume it on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why it has been speculated that people in the Mediterranean have longer lives. The healing properties of flaxseed oil are even better than those of olive oil. But, take caution when cooking with it. Because it’s more heat sensitive, it should be added toward the end of the cooking process.

Flaxseed oil is created in different ways. Companies that want quantity rather than quality will heat press it. This will always produce much more oil. This process is done through mechanical pressing and uses a lot of heat. Unfortunately, this heat has a negative impact on the properties of the oil. So, this type of oil doesn’t have nearly the level of health benefits that the higher-quality cold pressed oils will contain.

If you want the best value for your dollar, ensure that you buy 100% certified organic. The label will have all the answers you’re looking. One of those is that it has not passed its expiration date. Another is to look for the words ‘cold pressed’. This will mean that the company that makes it prefers to put out less oil but of a higher-quality.

If you didn’t know you can use flaxseed oil in many ways. Lightly poured over vegetables or on toast is not only healthy, but very tasty. It’s also wonderful on salads of any kind. Many people find that it’s good for their hair and helps moisturize their skin.

What is important to remember is that this oil must be kept in a cold place like the refrigerator. Otherwise, it will go rancid. And, you should also remember that it does not have a long shelf life even in the refrigerator. Therefore, don’t buy large quantities of it at one time, otherwise you’ll be throwing money away.

Many shoppers buy Barlean’s flax oil because it is a well known brand, but there are several other options. Take a look at before you make your final decision.

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