Flax seed oil is an essential oil that can help in weight loss, as the oil is the one of the healthy fats that the body needs in order to be healthy and to lose weight. Flax seed oil is high in essential fatty acids, particularly in omega-3, which according to studies is effective in helping the body to shed excess weight.
One study on mice showed that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids was able to increase the rate at which the fat cells were broken down and expelled from the body. Another study was done on women, where one group was given more omega-3’s than the other group. The group that was given the extra omega-3’s lost up to 20 percent more of their weight than the other group.
One of the reasons why flax seed oil is so effective in helping in weight loss is because the oil contains essential nutrients that the body cannot manufacture on its own. As a result, hunger and food cravings are reduced because the body is getting what it needs. But when the body does not get the proper nutrients that it needs, then it begins to crave for foods that are high in saturated fats, carbohydrates and sugary foods. The reason for this is because the body needs a quick pick-me-up and those are the foods that are able to deliver fast.
Due to the high amount of nutrients, flax seed oil also helps to create a feeling of fullness sooner than most foods. In addition, flax seed oil maintains that full feeling after the meal, which once again, reduces food cravings, as well as the need and/or desire for unhealthy snacking in between meals. Another benefit is that flax seed oil helps the body to absorb fat soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E and K, which also can help to suppress hunger.
Flax seed oil is able to improve the metabolism, which is the process that converts the food into energy. Therefore, energy levels are increased, and the food is less likely to get stored in the body. More energy also means a more active lifestyle where exercise and other fat-burning activities are part of the daily routine. In addition, exercise helps to build muscle cells, which in turn helps the body to burn off even more fat cells.
Healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 Ratio
Omega-3 and omega-6 are both essential fatty acids that the body needs in order to be healthy. However, both fatty acids have to compete with each other in order to be absorbed, as both require the same enzyme. Therefore, in order for the body to be able to absorb the correct proportions, it is important that one also consumes them in the correct proportion.
The average American/Canadian diet is high in omega-6, but very low in omega-3. Some research suggests that the average ratio is about 20 to 1 in favor of omega-6’s. As a result, many are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids.
According to health experts, a healthy ratio should be somewhere between 2-4 to 1 in favor of omega-6’s. Flax seed oil has a ratio of about 1 to 4 in favor of omega 3’s. Therefore, flax seed oil is a great oil to add into the diet in order to restore a healthy balance in the body.
How to Consume Flax Seed Oil
Flax seed oil is available in several different forms such as an oil, supplement, or in the form as nature formed it, which is in a seed. It is most beneficial when it is combined with a healthy diet that consists of plenty of leafy greens, and other fresh fruits and vegetables.
The oil works well when drizzled over a salad. It can also be used in salad dressings with other herbs and spices, as well as in drinks such as green smoothies, cold soups or water. The oil is not intended to be used for cooking, as it is not able to withstand high temperatures.
Flax seeds can be ground up and used as a flour substitute for certain recipes. The ground seeds are also particularly good in salads or in green smoothies as they are able to provide a rich nutty taste to the greens.
When taking flax seed oil in supplement form, it is important to read the label and take them in the recommended dosage.