Flaxseed Oil comes from the same plant whose fiber produces the exquisite fabric, linen. The oil from flax seeds positively impacts health in every way and is also used to fight life threatening diseases. Flaxseed oil helps restore life energy and improve the quality of life.
Fatty Acids in Flaxseed Oil
The most active ingredient in flaxseed oil is its fatty acids. Fatty acids influence so many aspects of the body’s functions. You need them for healthy skin and hair, for a strong immune system; specifically the thyroid and adrenal functions, for healthy blood, nerves and arteries and to breakdown cholesterol in your body.
For those who are suffering from the ill effects of too much saturated fat in the diet, and the resultant high levels of cholesterol, flaxseed oil, with its abundant Omega 3 fatty acids, will work to eliminate these fats and cholesterol from your body.
Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Flax-seed oil contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids with the greater portion being Omega 3, at a 4:1 ratio to Omega 6. Consuming flaxseed oil helps to increase Omega 3 in the diet and to secure the important life giving balance of Omega3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Omega 6 stimulates blood clotting and Omega 3 helps reduce blood clotting, so striking a balance between the two is highly recommended. The proper balance is 1:2, but most people maintain an unhealthy balance of 1:20. This is due to the unhealthy, over-abundant sources of Omega 6 fatty acids flooded onto the food market via commercial, unrefined oils.
When the fatty acids in flaxseed oil are metabolized into prostaglandins, they are anti-inflammatory and work to relieve conditions such as arthritis. The essential fatty acids also, “protect against heart disease by reducing blood clotting, lowering triglycerides and causing vascular dilation.” Flaxseed oil even effectively treats eczema, which is caused by either an imbalance or deficiency of essential fatty acids, or both.
“Much of the effect of the essential fatty acids is a result of their conversion into hormone-like substances in the body known as prostaglandins (PGs). Prostaglandins, now the subject of some of the most exciting and intensive research, are thought to play a role in the regulation and function of every organ and cell in the human body. Their wide-ranging effects help explain the multitude of diverse properties of the essential fatty acid.” – Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Healing Powers of Flaxseed Oil
One fascinating aspect of flaxseed oil’s healing powers is found in the studies of a renowned German research scientist and blood specialist, Dr. Budwig.
Dr Budwig states: “A Swede has proved that (no brain function) can take place at all without three fold unsaturated fats. Without any doubt, every function of the brain—and this has been scientifically proved—needs the very easy activation effect of three fold unsaturated fats. The same applies to nerve functions and for regeneration within the muscle after strenuous muscle activity, in the so called oxidative recovery phase during sleep. This process requires the highly unsaturated, particularly electron-rich fatty acids in flax seed oil. So, when I wish to help a very sick patient, I must first give the most optimal oil I have. In my opinion this is flax seed oil.”
Energetic and Electrical Processes
The sheer fascination lies in the fact that a natural substance such as flaxseed oil, which is so readily available to us, affects our health on a cellular level where energetic, electrical processes take place.
“Her research has shown the tremendous effects that commercially processed fats and oils have in destroying cell membranes and lowering the voltage in the cells of our bodies, which then result in chronic and terminal disease. What we have forgotten is that we are body electric…Without the proper metabolism of fats in our bodies every vital function and every organ is affected. This includes the generation of new life and new cells.
Our bodies produce over 500 million new cells daily. Dr Budwig points out that in growing new cells, there is a dipolarity between the electrically positive nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane with it’s high unsaturated fatty acids. During cell division the cell and new daughter cell must contain enough electron rich fatty acids in the cells surface area to divide off completely from the old cell. When this process is interrupted the body begins to die. In essence, these commercially processed fats and oils are shutting down the electrical field of the cells allowing chronic and terminal diseases to take hold of our bodies.” – The Budwig Diet Protocol
Purchase Quality, Cold-Pressed Flaxseed Oil
In effort to achieve the life giving benefits from flaxseed oil, it is imperative to purchase quality, cold-pressed oil that is stored in a container that protects it from light. It must be stored in the refrigerator and never used for cooking. All these precautions help to maintain the oil’s integrity and nutrients, and keep it from going rancid, which would produce adverse, rather than healing effects.
Oh how rich the flax plant is, and it in turn enriches our health with its nutrient rich oil. Many of us suffer from arthritis, eczema and other life-threatening illnesses that rob us of a high quality life. Flaxseed oil repairs health and fortifies the body’s own healing systems to sustain health.
Andrea Phillips writes on an array of topics like Health and Nutrition, Organic Agriculture, and Relationships, to name a few. She has also written for a publishing company in Washington, DC, and an organic agricultural newsletter in Israel.