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The Benefits of Flaxseed Oil & Omega-3 Capsules

author image Noreen Kassem
Noreen Kassem is a hospital doctor and a medical writer. Her articles have been featured in "Women's Health," "Nutrition News," "Check Up" and "Alive Magazine." Kassem also covers travel, books, fitness, nutrition, cooking and green living.
The Benefits of Flaxseed Oil & Omega-3 Capsules
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Flaxseed oil is a renewable vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in fish and fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to good nutrition and health. They support the function of the brain, nervous system, heart and eyes. Flaxseed oil contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is also found in other plant-based sources such as walnut and olive oils. There are many health benefits of flaxseed oil and omega-3 fatty acid supplement capsules.

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Increase Energy

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Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. They make a better source of energy than saturated fats in meat, dairy and fried foods because they are stored mainly in lean muscle tissue. Other fats are stored as fatty deposits which are more difficult to remove. Omega-3 fatty acids help to stimulate the body’s metabolism to provide efficient and long lasting energy.

Lower Cholesterol and Lose Weight

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Flaxseed oil helps to lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, reducing the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil and capsules also prevents clots in arteries by decreasing clotting and sticking factors in blood platelets. These "good" fats are stored primarily in lean muscles and actually help weight loss by stimulating the body’s metabolism to burn fat and by causing the brain to signal feelings of fullness.

Decrease Inflammation and Arthritis Pain

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In autoimmune diseases, the immune system reacts against the body causing high levels of inflammation and damage. This occurs in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis that damages joints causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to reduce inflammation by protecting joints and organs from corroding enzymes and by balancing the immune system. Flaxseed oil also helps to protect the body from other autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Crohn’s disease and asthma.

Improve Memory, Mood and Concentration

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Omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil and other sources help to maintain balanced levels of blood glucose in the body. This can help to improve mood and decrease anxiety and depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial for the brain, which is largely composed of fat; they improve memory, focus, concentration and attention spans. Additionally, small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil are converted to another type of omega-3 that is beneficial for the retina in the eye.

Treat Acne and Eczema

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Omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil also help to reduce inflammation in skin conditions such as acne and eczema. This reduces swelling, redness and the itchiness that can make skin disorders worse. Flaxseed oil also helps to speed up healing of the skin, reducing acne, eczema and skin rash flare-ups and the risk of scars and blemishes.

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