Flaxseed Extract the healing linseed oil in the outer skin of flaxseed by boiling in water. Stir briskly with wooden spoon, and stir into either olive oil or castor oil (for hardened lumps). Dip into hot liquid, and apply hot to painful area.
A study published in the April 2010 “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” found considerable antioxidant and blood pressure-lowering properties of a protein extract of flaxseed. The flaxseed extract inhibited angiotensin-converting enzyme — an enzyme involved in regulating blood pressure, showed free-radical scavenging activity and protected the essential fatty acid linoleic acid from oxidation. The researchers concluded good potential for flaxseed protein extract to be incorporated into foods to improve their nutritional value.
Flax is an excellent, plant-based source of alpha-linolenic acid, which converts in the body to omega-3, a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is said to help stimulate hair growth and improve the overall quality of hair. A study conducted by a nutrition company that manufactures flaxseed extract found that, after six months of taking a daily flax extract pill, nine out of 10 men experienced decreased hair loss. Another study conducted by a nutrition company found that, after eating 16 grams of flaxseed daily for one month, the hair of all 33 female participants had increased softness, smoothness, luster and shine.
Cholesterol Benefits — There have been numerous studies done on flaxseed oil and lignans. In an 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, fifty-five hypercholesterolaemic subjects were either given a placebo, or 300 or 600 mg/d of dietary secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG) from flaxseed extract. This was to determine the effect of flaxseed lignans on plasma lipids and fasting glucose levels. The group who received the flaxseed lignans showed improvements in both cholesterol levels and glucose levels. This doesn’t even consider the fact that the Omega 3 content of flaxseed oil also benefits cholesterol levels. This study just measured the lignan benefits.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids have been demonstrated to have a variety of cardiovascular protective effects. Fish oil supplementation has been demonstrated in clinical trial to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by 10 to 20%. This benefit was additive to cardiovascular protective medications. It is recommended that all patients with atherosclerosis or diabetes be treated with omega 3 fatty acid supplementation, with therapy beginning in the hospital. Patients may be treated with fish oil capsules containing 800 to 1000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid, [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid, [DHA]) PO daily. Alternative supplements include flax seed oil or canola oil.