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Friday, January 21, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Can Flaxseed Help Treat Skin Conditions?


People's desire for natural supplements has grown throughout the years. Natural
supplements and natural therapies have become increasingly popular over the last
couple of decades. Flaxseeds are among the most popular in the latest craze for
natural supplements. In fact flaxseeds are set to help treat many conditions,
including skin conditions.

What do Flaxseeds do to help keep us Healthy?

Flaxseeds contain several different substances that may be beneficial to a
person's health. One of these substances is called alpha-linolenic acid.
Alpha-linolenic acid is in a group that many people heard of called omega-3
fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are among the fatty acids that are necessary
for our nutrition.

Omega-3 fatty acids are generally found in foods like a fish, particularly in a
fish called salmon. This makes it difficult for people that either don't like
fish or don't eat salmon on a regular basis to gain a sufficient amount of
omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.

Flaxseed also contains lignans which may have antioxidant effects. Although
there are differing opinions on the matter, lignans may have a positive effect
for people that have cancer, and possibly to even help prevent cancer.

Flaxseeds can be beneficial for skin conditions, because they have
anti-inflammatory effects. This can help certain inflammatory skin conditions
such as acne be reduced in severity. Also, due to its potential cancer fighting
abilities, flaxseeds may also be beneficial for the skin condition skin cancer.

In fact, recent research has shown that people with skin conditions such as
eczema and psoriasis have seen remarkable improvement when flaxseed was added
the their diet over a period of time. Most skin conditions are exacerbated from
a lack of LNAs in diets. People who consume flaxseeds on a steady basis have
seen their skin get softer and smoother. Also, people with dry skin and dandruff
have also seen a marked improvement too.

Other Benefits of Flaxseeds

In addition to being helpful for skin conditions, flaxseeds can be helpful for
many other ailments. While scientists have not yet proven the ability of
flaxseeds to help with particular diseases, it has been suggested they can help
with things like heart disease, diabetes, all types of cancer, hemorrhoids,
gout, and joint pain. Perhaps the most publicized potential benefits of
flaxseeds are those against heart disease and cancer.

Studies have shown that flaxseed oil, in addition to ground flaxseeds, may
actually reduce cholesterol. In addition to reducing cholesterol flaxseed oil
may be beneficial in the fight against heart disease due to the fact that it
reduces inflammatory responses by the body, thereby helping to prevent heart
attacks. These inflammatory responses can cause circulatory problems and
hardening of the arteries.

Flaxseeds are said to fight cancer due to the fact that the omega-3 fatty acids
found within it act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants may be helpful in
fighting nearly every type of cancer.

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