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Flaxseed Benefits for the Skin

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Crystal Welch has a 30-year writing history. Her more than 2,000 published works have been included in the health and fitness-related Wellness Directory, Earthdance Press and Higher Source. She is an award-winning writer who teaches whole foods cooking and has written a cookbook series. She operates an HON-code-certified health-related blog with more than 95,000 readers. Welch has a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Flaxseed Benefits for the Skin
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Overview

Flaxseed is a plant-based food composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that is known for providing a multitude of health benefits. Flax oil is the richest vegetable source of omega-3, containing over 116,000 milligrams per one-cup serving. Flax seed oil is not recommended for cooking since it breaks down too quickly. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil need to be stored in the dark and refrigerated.

Improved Skin Healing

Flax seed is known for being very high in the anti-inflammatory index. This means that skin irritation, tissue inflammation and redness may be minimized. In addition, skin rashes may be reduced. Chronic conditions such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis may be lessened. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for increasing the speed at which skin wounds heal.

Increased Moisture

The essential fatty acids found in flaxseeds help keep your skin hydrated and smooth in appearance. Flaxseeds increase your body's natural oil production, according to Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, dermatologist. The fatty acids are necessary for keeping your skin soft. Using flax seed can both protect and moisturize your skin. Your skin is protected in three ways. First, when using a moisturizer containing flax seed, everyday irritants are kept from entering your pores. Secondly, water is locked into your skin when you apply flax seed oil directly onto your skin. Third, water loss is prevented through the skin. Improving your skin's moisture level can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

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Healthier Skin Tone

By keeping your skin moisturized, flaxseed helps to prevent your skin from drying out. The moisturizing effect of flax seed can help you avoid a dull-looking skin. Dry skin is a precursor to a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and signs of aging. Flax seed oil can be found in a variety of moisturizing skin care products on the market.

Natural Remedy

Using flax seeds, or flax seed oil, in your skin care provides you with an all-natural remedy. Either rub plain flax seed oil gently into your skin or eat flax seeds on a daily basis. You can add them to your main dishes prior to serving, use them as a topping or snack on them. Flax seeds are not known for causing reactions or skin irritations unlike chemical processes.

Protects Against Skin Cancer

The antioxidants found in flax seeds have a reputation for fighting free radicals states healthcastle.com. These free radicals can prevent or slow “oxidative damage". This can lead to a variety of cancers, such as skin cancer. By including flax seeds in your diet, the National Institute of Health states that you can protect yourself from and repair sun damage caused by ultra-violet rays.

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