Linseed oil is a traditional product recommended for skin care, strenghtening blood vessels, promoting immune system and weight loss.
Is it just tradition or is it science?
Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, is obtained from cold pressing the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). It has been used for ages but it was just recently when it was discovered how it really works. As it turned out, linseed oil is not only rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but it also contains their most perfect proportions. There’s around 45% of fat in linseeds, 60% of which are omega-3 fatty acids, 30% omega-6 fatty acids and only around 10% are saturated fats.
PUFA and „clearing” blood vessels
Why is the content of omega-3 and omega-6 so important? Human body is not capable of producing them, so they have to be consumed from the diet and are therefore termed “essential fatty acids”. PUFAs promote the higher HDL (good) cholesterol, and help reduce LDL cholesterol. By influencing the proper proportions between different fractions of cholesterol, PUFAs lower the risk of blood vessels diseases . Due to the proper proportions between HDL and LDL cholesterol, the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries by slowing the development of plaque and blood clots, which can clog arteries) is lowered.
PUFA intake in the diet leads to better blood circulation in the heart, which is important in preventing infarcts and stroke.
Supporting immune system
Linseed oil strenghtens the heart, promotes immune system and helps regulating hormonal balance.
Healthy digestive system
Linseed oil and fatty acids it contains, help to regenerate the mucous membranes of digestive tract, show diastolic and choleretic effects.
Not every fat is bad! Linseed oil is recommended for everyone, but it especially supports those, who want to support physical fitness, lower the weight or regenerate after workout.
Due to unsaturated fatty acids linseed oil influences the spirit, it may support treatment of depression and mood changes, improves the wellbeing, is especially recommended for those, who are put under lot of stress and have problems with memory.
Good for everyone
Linseed oil may be used at all ages, even during pregnancy, as it lowers the risk of pre-term birth and supplements the baby with substances inevitable for the future growth, it is also recommended for nursing mothers, helps treating hyperactivity in children and delay ageing processes in adults.
Linseed oil improves the skin condition when used orally. PUFAs help the skin, hair and nails cells regeneration, the skin also keeps it’s younger look as it is rich in vitamin E.
How does it work when used topically on skin?
- Regenerates the epidermis and dermis
- Has anti-inflammatory and soothing effect
- Hydrates, emolliates, strenghtens the skin and shallows wrinkles
- Cleanses, smooths and helps the healing of skin
- Soothes allergic reactions, such as itching and redness
- Recommended especially for dry, scally, sensitive and allergic skin
It is important to remember that linseed oil is very unstable, it oxidizes quickly loosing it’s exceptional features. However there are dietary supplements and cosmetics containing linseed oil, which can be used instead.