Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Pros and Cons of Cold Press Flax Oil

Cold press flax oil is the edible oil extracted from the seeds of the flax plant without the use of heat. Cold press flax oil is quite unique in that it is one of the few edible oils from plant sources that has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the precursor to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), omega-3 essential fatty acids found in triglyceride-based fish oil as well as pure cod liver oil, and which are touted for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cold press flax oil is undoubtedly a healthy addition to your diet. However, reasonable consumption of this edible oil should still be considered.

Read further and discover more about the pros and cons of cold press flax oil and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this source of dietary fats.

Cold Press Flax Oil’s Benefits:

As was mentioned, cold press flax oil contains ALA, which the body then transforms to EPA and DHA. ALA has been found responsible for this edible oil’s cardio-protective properties. As it turns out, the ALA ensures heart health by preventing inflammation as well as the proliferation of plaques and clots that may block the organ. This anti-inflammatory effect of cold press flax oil may prove useful in lessening joint pain as well.

Cold press flax oil’s ALA content shows potential for breast cancer prevention as well, according to a Canadian study. As it turns out, women with abundant alpha-linolenic acid in their breast tissues had lesser chances of developing breast tumors.

This edible oil’s profound health benefits to women’s health apparently do not stop there. As it turns out, supplementation of this edible oil has been found helpful in relieving hot flashes, and so women who do not wish to take estrogen therapy may find cold press flax oil supplementation beneficial for the management of said condition.

Lastly, cold press flax oil supplementation significantly helps in ensuring skin health.  As was established in a German study conducted on women subjects, cold press flax oil’s ALA content helps improve skin hydration and subsequently decrease skin roughness and scaling. Redness of the skin and other symptoms of skin irritation like itching were relieved from supplementation of this edible oil as well.

Cold Press Flax Oil’s Risks:

Cold press flax oil, though not a common food allergen, may still cause mild to severe allergic reactions to individuals with sensitivity to flaxseed. If you have known sensitivity to flaxseed, avoid cold press flax oil at all costs. Some of the symptoms of allergic reaction to flaxseed and cold press flax oil are gastrointestinal maladies, hives, itchy palms and soles, nasal obstruction, shortness of breath, as well as headache.

Cold press flax oil consumption typically results in loose stools as well. It is for this reason individuals taking laxatives must first consult with their doctors prior to taking this edible oil as doing so may result in diarrhea. Cold press flax oil may affect blood pressure as well as cause blood clotting, too, and so individuals with blood pressure and bleeding disorders should first check with their doctors to ensure cold press flax oil supplementation won’t result in adverse health effects.

Cold Press Flax Oil Practical Uses:

For a nutritious and delicious drink, combine a tablespoon of cold press flax oil, a cup of organic full-fat yogurt, a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, and two pieces of bananas in a blender. You can add in more fruits like kiwis, berries and peaches if you want as well.

Cold press flax oil can be used as a substitute base for your salad dressings, too. You can drizzle this delectably flavored edible oil onto stews or steamed greens like collards and bok choy prior to serving as well.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of bacon and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this dietary source of fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

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