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Flaxseed Oil: An Important Part of Your Longevity Plan

By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on May 6, 2015, 4:03 pm


Flax Seed Oil
Regarding Flaxseed Oil, WebMD says: "Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There's some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That's quite a tall order for a tiny seed that's been around for centuries."

Indeed, flaxseed oil has amazing benefits that will promote longevity and wellness, and it's likely that you could benefit from adding a supplement to your diet and exercise plan. Here's a look at several reasons Southern Californians ought to consider adding a flaxseed oil supplement.

Flaxseed oil's main strengths lie in its components of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lignans, and fiber. The Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to inhibit cancerous tumor incidence and growth in animal studies, while the lignans appear to protect against hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer or colon cancer.

Studies also suggest that the addition of flaxseed to your diet may help to prevent cardiovascular disease, through its blood-pressure lowering components of amino acids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Similarly, research has indicated that the lignans in flaxseed oil can reduce buildup of plaque in the arteries thus preventing stroke. In addition, flaxseed oil may help treat irregular heartbeats.

Likewise, flaxseed oil can play a pivotal role in lowering "bad cholesterol" which can prevent numerous conditions and disorders including obesity and diabetes. For those who already have diabetes, adding flaxseed oil to your diet may help to improve blood sugar levels.

If all that weren't enough, preliminary research shows that hot flashes associated with menopause may be reduced in women by incorporating flaxseed oil into your diet.

At the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine, based in Woodland Hills, CA, Dr. Kurtz will work with you to ensure that you are getting vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins in order to create an optimal health and longevity plan. Dr. Kurtz is fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine as well as Functional Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine.

To schedule a consultation to begin planning for longevity health, contact us today.