Flax Seed Oil Benefits For The Skin
by Rich Fuller
Many skin problems today such as acne, eczema and psoriasis may also be partly
due to the fact that the modern diet is lacking in omega 3 essential fatty acids. As a
rich source of omega 3 fatty acids flax seed is able to replenish the correct body
levels of these fats and so benefit skin disorders that may result from a deficiency.

Patrick Holford says in his book "New Optimum Nutrition Bible", "Another important
component of a good skin diet is the Omega 3 and 6 essential fats. Each cell
membrane - in effect the skin of each cell - is composed partly of essential fats, and
in turn your skin is made up of countless cells. So the fatty acid content of your cell
membranes is vital. Not only do the essential fats keep cell membranes smooth and
soft, but also they help the membranes to do a better job of controlling what goes in
and out of the cells. Without enough fats in the cell membranes, they are not able to
retain water and they lose their plumpness. So for soft skin, include plenty of
essential fat rich foods in your diet such as fish, nuts and seeds and their oils. Have
seeds in salads, as snacks or ground up, and on cereals, yogurt or soups" (Holford,
P. "New Optimum Nutrition Bible")

Flax seed oil benefits acne as the fatty acids present in flax seed help to prevent the
clogging of the pores of the skin and thin the sebum which causes these clogged

Psoriasis is another skin disorder that is benefited by taking flax seed. Flax seed
contains the omega 3 fatty acid ALA which is broken down by the body into EPA. EPA
supplementation has been found to be beneficial for psoriasis sufferers when used
with their normal medication.

You can take flax seed oil internally by sprinkling ground flax seed over cereals and
salads or adding whole flax seeds to a glass of water and drinking immediately (if you
leave it too long it will solidify the water).

Make a flax seed oil pack by grinding flax seed and adding about three times as much
water. Leave it to stand for a while until it becomes a gel (due to the mucilage
escaping the seeds). This oil pack may then be applied externally to the skin.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as are found in flax seed are essential for healthy
skin and can benefit skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. In order to
get the full benefits of flax seed for your skin include flax seeds in your diet, take flax
seed supplements and use external applications of flax seed oil packs.

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Flax seed oil contains high levels of
omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty
acids which can either be taken
internally by eating the flax seeds or
taking flax seed oil supplements or it
can be applied externally as a pack
for healthy skin.

Flax seed oil is useful for healing
scars, abrasions and also has
anti-inflammatory properties and so
is useful for inflamed skin or skin
disorders such as psoriasis and
eczema. Flax seed oil is also useful
for dry skin.
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