Льняное масло Vegetable oil from flax seeds was actively used in antiquity, but as civilization developed, linseed oil was ousted from consumption by cheaper in production production oils - sunflower, corn, and olive. And only relatively recently, interest in this product began to increase due to its exceptional benefits.

The composition and use of flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil consists of unsaturated fatty acids : linolenic (omega-3) - 60%, linoleic (omega-6) - 16%, and oleic acid (omega-9) - 10%, as well as saturated fats - 10% [1] . Polyunsaturated fatty acids are also called vitamin F , but many authors consider this term obsolete.

The uniqueness of flaxseed vegetable oil lies in the high content of unsaturated acids, especially omega-3 acids, which have a higher biological value than other unsaturated fats, and a low content of saturated fats undesirable in the diet [2]. The content of tocopherol ( vitamin E ) in the final product may vary (see information on product packaging).

. Table 1 - The content of elements and vitamins in flaxseed .

Flaxseed Composition

Omega-3 and omega-6 acids are not produced by our body, i.e. they are essential fatty acids, which must be replenished by food. Unlike omega-6 fats, the content of which in other vegetable oils is enough to replenish daily needs, linolenic acid is found mainly in fatty fish and fish oils. And even such omega-3 concentrate as fish oil contains 2 times less of it than linseed oil [1].

Thus, flaxseed oil is the best source of unsaturated fatty acids, both in quality and in financial terms.

The use of oil from flax seeds is due to the composition of flaxseed, in particular the content of linolenic and linoleic acids, which have the following useful properties [1] [2] [3]:

  • anti-sclerotic effect (prevention of atherosclerosis, by regulating the level of cholesterol and triglycerides);
  • reducing the risk of blood clots in the vessels;
  • vasodilator property;
  • antioxidant effect;
  • anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) action;
  • anti-stress effect;
  • has a laxative and choleretic effect;
  • boosts immunity;
  • and etc.

Thus, flax seed oil helps to prevent the development of such common diseases as [1]:

Little has a high therapeutic effect in the treatment of asthma, arthritis, insulin-dependent diabetes, sclerosis, skin pathologies (eczema, psoriasis). In general, it can be stated that flaxseed oil has a beneficial effect on almost all body systems.

The benefits of flaxseed oil for men's health

Men who regularly use linseed oil can count on:

  • natural improvement in the production of sex hormones ;
  • improvement of sexual function, by improving the state of the cardiovascular system;
  • possible improvement in sports performance, due to the better use of insulin, which has anabolic and anti-catabolic effects;
  • cancer prevention (proven for colorectal and breast cancer);
  • prevention of diseases, which are the main "killers" of the male population (see above).

Flaxseed oil selection

(прессование при температуре до 40-45 °C), и, обязательно нерафинированное . Vegetable oil should be fresh, not subjected to heat treatment during production, i.e., obtained by cold pressing (pressing at a temperature of up to 40-45 ° C), and necessarily unrefined .

Only oil obtained by cold pressing gives a healing and prophylactic effect.

Oil should be sold in dark containers to prevent direct sunlight. The oil obtained by the correct method has a golden yellow color.

Normally, flaxseed oil may give a slight bitter aftertaste, however, a strong rancidity indicates that the oil is spoiled.

It makes no sense to buy a large package, because after opening the container, the shelf life of vegetable oil averages 30 days.

Application and dosage

Take the oil in the morning on an empty stomach or half an hour before meals. Only 1-2 tbsp. tablespoons of flaxseed oil a day, satisfy the daily need for unsaturated fatty acids [3]. Gradually increase daily dosage to specified values.

Take oil courses for 1-1.5 months, followed by a break of 2-4 weeks. If flaxseed oil is used periodically (for example, for filling cold dishes), then its reception can not be limited. However, with this technique, it is more difficult to achieve the therapeutic effects of the oil.

Many do not like the taste of flaxseed oil, resembling the taste of fish oil. However, this only indicates the high quality of the product and is proof that it was not mixed with other vegetable oils [1]. If the reception of oil in its pure form causes a strong disgust, you can use it for filling cold dishes, alone or in a mixture with other vegetable oils.

Flaxseed oil can not be subjected to heat treatment, since it produces toxic carcinogenic products. Oil is added only to ready-made dishes.


The oil should be stored in a cool dark place, with a tightly closed container lid. Do not expose the oil to direct sunlight and prolonged contact with air, because it tends to oxidize rapidly, with the formation of toxic products.

After opening the product container, the shelf life is 30 days.


Flaxseed oil is definitely a healthiest product for human health! Clinical trials testify to his significant contribution to the prevention of modern diseases. Be sure to include flaxseed oil in your diet and tune in to its long reception, because the only way you can feel all its benefits.