Daily dose of flaxseed oil beneficial to health

It may be hard to believe, but there is actually a fat that is good for you! There is a group of good fats referred to as EFAs or essential fatty acids, and many doctors agree you need them in order to enjoy vibrant health.

Beneficial fatty acids are found in flaxseed (linseed), walnut, olive, sunflower, safflower, and evening primrose oils. EFAs are also found in the fat of cold-water fish like salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines. It should be mentioned here that the flaxseed recommended is of the nutritional variety and not the linseed oil used for thinning house paint!

EFAs boost cell activity, help your body store energy and also aid in the manufacture of the ever-important hormone, prostaglandin. Let's put it this way: you'll know you are lacking in essential fatty acids when you experience skin cracking on your fingertips, especially in winter; stiff, dry, unmanageable hair; dull skin all over; dandruff and hair loss; brittle fingernails; "alligator" skin, usually on the lower legs, and what is referred to as "chicken" skin, or rough bumps on the backs of the arms.

Because EFAs are so beneficial to cell structure, they have also been shown to help people suffering from cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and obesity. One very famous German biochemist, Dr. Johanna Budwig, believes flax oil and cottage cheese to be the perfect anti-cancer combination!

Below are a few quick recipes using flax oil, which can be purchased in liquid form or in seed form at most health food stores:

YUMMY FLAX BUTTER

¼ - ½ C. liquid flaxseed oil, fresh-pressed food grade

½ C. butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine the oil and butter with a whisk; refrigerate. Use as a spread or to season cooked vegetables. It is important not to cook with flaxseed oil, as heating above 300 degrees will render it useless. The recipes goes great inside a baked potato.

DR. JOHANNA BUDWIG'S COMBO

1 C. cottage cheese, organic

1-3 T. ground flax seeds

3-5 T. liquid flaxseed oil

A dash of cayenne pepper

Combine in bowl. Refrigerate. Budwig says this combo is also effective on psoriasis and eczema.