Is Flax Seed oil Safe for Diabetes?
Flaxseed oil and Diabetes
The number of people suffering from diabetes is rising day by day and so is the number of pre-diabetics. Sensing the alarming situation, doctors and researchers are trying to figure out what food, what medicine can really help in lowering blood sugar levels effectively.
In that, it has been found that flax seeds and flaxseed oil have many health benefits especially in relation to diabetes. How exactly are flaxseed oil and diabetes connected?
Does flaxseed oil lower blood sugar?
Flaxseed oil has several health-promoting compounds with the potential to lower blood sugar levels and delay the development of type 2 diabetes.
In this article, we will discuss flaxseed oil and its unique benefits in relation to diabetes.
What is flaxseed oil good for?
Flaxseed oil benefits are as follows
- Flaxseed oil contains ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) one particular type of omega-3 fatty acid.
- This ALA is converted to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in the body with the help of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
- One should consume flaxseed oil at least 1 to 3 tablespoons daily.
- About 7 grams per tablespoon of flaxseed oil is by far the richest source of ALA.
- Research shows that consuming 1 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil will guarantee conversion of ALA to 0.5 grams of EPA and DHA.
- Consumption of vegetable oils containing high omega-6 fatty acids should be reduced as they inhibit the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA.
- Ideally, the dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids should be improved by decreasing omega-6 fatty acids and increasing omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain function and for the management of diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, thyroid, arthritis, and cancer. In the present world, this ratio ranges from 5:1 to 50:1. This ratio should be 3:1.
- Flaxseed oil all protects the heart, lowers cholesterol levels, improves skin health (regeneration and hydration), is anti-cancer, promotes weight loss, improves gut health (constipation and IBS), protects the brain, kidneys, and bones (joint pain and inflammation).
- Flaxseed oil is a way to meet the daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans.
What are the disadvantages of flaxseed oil?
- Research shows that consuming a lot of ALA is highly beneficial as it boosts blood levels of EPA, but does not have an effect on the DHA levels of blood. DHA is one of the most important fats needed for the brain.
- ALA must be converted to a limited supply of EPA and DHA. Only 10% to 15% has omega-3’s effects on the body. The remaining 80% to 95% is burned up as energy or metabolized.
- Higher omega-3 levels in the blood will longer the bleeding time and slower clotting time.
- Those who are allergic to flaxseeds should not consume flaxseed oil.
We, at FFD, advise people to take 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil depending on their condition and have observed that it makes a lot of difference in their health.
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