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Flaxseed Oil Benefits

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Flaxseed Oil Benefits

A recommendation to supplement your diet with one tablespoon of flaxseed oil may have you confused. However, this recommendation makes perfectly good sense. While it is true Americans should not consume more than 30% of daily calories as fats, a lack of the dietary essential fatty acids, especially the omega-3 fatty acids, has been suggested to play a significant role in the development of many chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

It is estimated that approximately 80% of the population consumes an insufficient quantity of essential fatty acids. This dietary insufficiency  present a serious health threat to Americans. In addition to providing the body with energy , the essential fatty acids, linoleic and linoleic acids, provided by plant food function in our bodies as components of nerve cells, cellular membranes, and hormonelike substances known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins and the essential fatty acids are are important for the regulation of a host of bodily functions.

* Maintain the fluidity of cellar membranes
* Manufacture hormones
* Regulate pressure in the eye, joints, and blood vessels
* Regulate response to pain,inflammation, and swelling
* Mediate immune response
* Regulate bodily secretions and their viscosity
* Dilate and constrict blood vesels
* Regulate collateral circulation
* Are important for the transport of oxygen from the red blood cell to the bodily tissues
* Prevent blood cells from clumping together
* Regulate nerve transmission
* Are the primary energy source for the heart muscle

As well as playing a critical role in normal physiology, essential fatty acids are being shown to actually be protective and therapeutic against heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, many skin diseases, and many others. Over sixty health conditions have now been shown to benefit from essential fatty acid supplementation.

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