We are well aware of how stressful our lives have become with financial, relationship, family and many other concerns. We have learned over and over how stress can take a harmful toll on our mental and physical health. This is a very serious health concern that we often underestimate. Stress affects digestion, heart function, blood pressure, weight gain and loss, blood sugar levels, sleep patterns, and lower our immune system leaving us open to viruses and infections.
Unfortunately, many of the prescription synthetic drugs people are given to help them reduce and cope with stress, e.g. prescription antidepressants, carry the high potential of unwanted, harmful physical and emotional side effects. Because of this, many of us have began to discover the benefit of natural compounds and substances which help to relieve stress and it’s harm to our health. These natural supplements from plants relieve stress without potential for harmful side effects and often have health benefits beyond natural stress relief for our overall health and well being.
Many studies have shown that those of us who have added flaxseed oil supplements to our diet are able to emotionally cope with stress with much more ease and with far less physical harm from stress. Flaxseed oil is a blue flowering plant that is grown on the Western Canadian Prairies for it’s seeds which are rich in health improving oil containing high levels of Omega 3. Most of us report a feeling of comfort and calmness when taking flaxseed oil with Omega 3. Omega 3 maintains optimal levels of serotonin in our brains. Serotonin is responsible for nerve connections and emotional response recognition. This helps us cope more easily with any stressful disturbance in our lives. Flaxseed oil also contains tryptophan which is an amino acid and a serotonin stabilizer. Tryptophan helps relieve anxiety and depression. Flaxseed oil helps us maintain a healthy blood sugar level to help us remain calm and stable. Flaxseed oil inhibits the body’s production of arachidonic acid and other stress causing chemicals. Flaxseed oil also contains B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium which have long been known to help with stress relief and health improvement. The Omega 3 in flaxseed oil is an essential fatty acid which are essential for the function and physiology of our brain. Omega 3 improves cognition, memory , emotional stability, mood, concentration and restful sleep which are essential for dealing with stress and it’s potential for harming emotional and physical health.
Flaxseed oil supplements are coming to be known as possibly the most beneficial health improving supplement next to a multivitamin. Flaxseed oil contains omega 6, omega 9, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, zinc, and, most importantly, 50 % more Omega 3 than can be obtained from fish oil. Omega 3 helps reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, plaque, and cardiovascular arrhythmia. Omega 3 helps to lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides and prevent clots in arteries and is therefore of great benefit in prevention of strokes, heart attacks and thromboses.Flaxseed oil helps relieve arthritis and inflammation of joints. Omega 3 has been known to kill certain cancer cells without harming healthy cells. Omega 3 helps with skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Flaxseed oil contains soluble and insoluble fiber that cleans the colon of toxic material, metabolic waste, heavy metals and dried mucus and well as being an excellent food for healthy intestinal bacterial flora which fights disease. Flaxseed oil contains a complete amino acid spectrum. There is about 25 g of protein for every 100g of flaxseed oil. Flaxseed contains more lignans than vegetables and whole grains. Lignans have anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits, as well as antioxidant properties.
Flaxseed oil has been shown to be of benefit for reducing high blood pressure, water retention, strengthening immune system, recovery for fatigued muscles, increased energy and stamina, healing of sprains and bruises, weight loss by increasing the metabolic rate that burns fat, improving the absorption of Calcium, strengthening finger and toe nails, improvement of eyesight and perception of colors, improved liver function, relief of some allergies and asthma as it improves respiratory function, relief of premenstrual syndrome in females, elimination of constipation and/or diarrhea and, of course, improved brain function.
If we are experiencing the normal stress of living or excess stress from conflict or crisis, we can help ourselves greatly by taking advantage of the properties of flaxseed oil supplements that reduce the harmful effects of stress on our emotional and physical health. In addition, we can experience the many, wide spectrum, health-promoting benefits that flaxseed oil can provide for us.
Jenny has more than twenty years experience with all natural health care products.