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Flax Seed Oil Information

Health Benefits

Intestinal and Digestive Benefits

Ground flax seed is a natural source of fiber, absorbing all kinds of excess liquid, protecting and cleaning the digestive tract and promoting bowel regularity, just a few more health benefits attributed to these mighty seeds.

Flax seeds contain soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, mucilage (12%) and Omega-3 fatty acids. About one-third of the fiber in flax seed is soluble. The fiber in flax seed oil cleans the colon of toxic material, metabolic waste and dried mucus. Flax seed fiber is also an excellent food for friendly bacteria in the intestine, which keep disease-causing organisms in check. Soluble fiber can aid in lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar levels. Omega-3 fats help protect colon cells from cancer-causing toxins and free radicals, leading to a reduced risk for colon cancer along with other health benefits.

Flax seeds benefit individuals who have sensitive stomachs because it acts as a buffer for excess stomach acids. Flax seed oil soothes ulcers and irritable bowel disorders by lubricating the intestinal track. It has been known to combat inflammation, and is useful in repairing any intestinal tract damage. Recent studies have shown positive health benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn's Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. Because they are high in dietary fiber, ground flax seeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. In those with diverticular disease, flax seeds may also keep intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay, yet another health benefit.

Flax Seed Oil has been known to keep gallstones at bay and sometimes dissolve existing stones.

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