A new Canadian study reported by Greenmedinfo shows that flaxseed oil has benefits for age related inflammation.
In a paper titled ‘Elevated levels of pro-inflammatory oxylipins in older subjects are normalized by flaxseed consumption’ the study indicates that consuming about 30 grams of flaxseed a day may profoundly benefit elderly subjects.
The researchers looked at the effects that flaxseed has on oxylipins. These are bioactive molecules produced in the body from polyunsaturated fatty acids. Oxylipins derivatives are believed to play a critical role in chronic disease progression as well as the aging process but the source of the base material for the oxylipins can have an effect on their function.
For example, oxylipins derived from long chain omega 3 fatty acids can suppress inflammatory processes by preventing the activation of certain immune cells. Whereas those derived from omega 6 fatty acids have been linked to the promotion of inflammation.
The study showed that 30 grams of flaxseed a day for a 4 week period resulted in beneficial alterations in oxylipin profiles of both younger and older individuals. The older groups’ plasma oxylipin profile became similar to that of their younger counterparts as a result of the dietary flaxseed.