Many often underestimate the role of the digestive system in ensuring proper, beneficial health. As it pertains to nutrients, the digestive system is responsible for obtaining all of the necessary nutrients, water, vitamins, and energy from food, drinks, medications, and supplements. Unfortunately, a poor diet may result in the buildup of toxins in the body. In some cases, the buildup of toxins may be the direct result of eating fibrous foods in excess, which may result in a blockage of the intestinal tract. Take a look at how flaxseed oil may be a benefit in reducing toxins in the body by affecting the digestive system.
The ingestion of flaxseed oil has been shown to reduce the action by which the intestines move food through the body, explains MedlinePlus. This action is commonly referred to as peristalsis. It may seem counter-intuitive, but reducing the action of peristalsis may actually help reduce toxins in the body. For instance, peristalsis in the colon may lead to the ejection of contents through a bowel movement prior to ensuring all contents have been expelled from the body. In other words, the toxins remain in the colon without being removed during a bowel movement.
Although flaxseed oil may resist peristalsis, which poses many applications for the potential treatment of digestive disorders, too much flaxseed oil may result in the development of a blockage in the colon. Unfortunately, this would undermine the potential health benefits of taking flaxseed oil. As a result, an individual should consult a physician before starting a flaxseed oil supplement to ensure the dosage does not result in such a blockage when taken in combination with other medications or medicinal therapies.
Omega-3s have been extensively studied, and researchers believe the compound possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When ingested, omega-3s in the blood help to bind free radicals, or non-bound oxygen atoms, which can then be disposed of through the body's excretory system. The excretory system is comprised of both the urinary tract and the colon. When an appropriate level of Omega 3s is maintained, the bound atoms can be moved to the appropriate location and expelled from the body.
When thinking about the potential health benefits of flaxseed oil, an individual must understand how omega-3s and omega-6s is in the supplement affect digestion and the removal of waste in the body. Since omega-3s in flaxseed oil are in another form, ALA, they may help to slow the contraction of muscular tissue in the digestive system. Essentially, flaxseed oil may be able to help reduce the symptoms and signs of digestive disorders, which is critical to reducing the level of toxins in the body and maintaining health and vitality.