I recently read a very informative article from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
It highlights a few ‘human’ diseases, but the same conditions are also applicable to our pets.
Flaxseed oil Benefits
Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, L.). Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.
Studies suggest that flaxseed oil may help prevent the growth of breast tumors. In one Canadian Study, researchers discovered that flaxseed oil prevented breast tumor growth, likely through ALA content. Patients with breast cancer should not take any nutritional supplement without their doctor’s approval.
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts or legumes, and ALA rich foods may substantially reduce the recurrence of heart disease. One of the best ways to help prevent and treat heart disease is to eat a diet that is low in saturated and trans fat and rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed and fish). Evidence suggests that people who eat an ALA rich diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. ALA may reduce heart disease risks through a variety of ways, including making platelets less “sticky,” reducing inflammation, promoting blood vessel health, and reducing risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat).
Several human studies also suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids (including ALA) may lower blood pressure.
P.S. I personally use Flax seed daily- it is a very inexpensive source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and can provide some wonderful health benefits, such as protection against cancer. My Ultimate Canine Health Formula has high levels of Flax oil – in part it is to help for the above mentioned diseases.
P.P.S. Can YOU take the supplement?
No- although many clients have asked… I have sprinkled some on my Oatmeal, and I am yet to bark, but http://www.thedogsupplement.com/cmd.php?af=1361714 is for your dogs!!
Heal Your Pets At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones