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If you're interested in taking care of your health, learning about the flaxseed oil benefit for women is essential. Flaxseed oil contains lots of nutrients that can assist with common female health issues, from serious disease to fighting the appearance of aging, and it's also good for men, too.

About Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is a vegetable oil derived from the flax seed. It has been used for centuries as an ingredient in paints, varnishes, and even cattle feed, as well as in healing balms for skin problems and to relieve constipation.

More recently, flax seed has become an important staple for the health conscious. Flaxseed oil contains all of the nutrition of the seed itself and can be purchased as supplements, in liquid form, or in capsules.

What is The Flaxseed Oil Benefit for Women

Women are prone to various conditions and diseases, and also suffer from the symptoms of menopause, PMS, and other conditions that are based around the reproductive system. Flaxseed oil contains many elements that can help to combat both the symptoms and the afflictions themselves.

Nutritional Benefits

Flaxseed oil contains the following nutrients:

Omega 3 essential fatty acidsOmega 6 essential fatty acidsLignansB vitaminsPotassiumFiberProteinPlant estrogens

The fatty acids in flaxseed oil are extremely important for women's health, as they are essential but not made by the human body. Consumption of fatty acids leads to healthier cell walls, which are more able to fight infection while protecting healthy cells.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

The flaxseed oil benefit for women is exceptional. Daily consumption of flaxseed oil can:

Help to ward off heart disease and certain cancers, including breast cancerEase water retention and hot flashes during menopauseGreatly improve the body's natural ability to absorb calcium, which helps to stave off osteoporosisCombat symptoms of PMS, including irritability and crampsProvide increased fertilityRelieve and prevent endometriosisImprove appearance of skin, hair, and nailsCombat eczema and psoriasisReduce the signs of aging

Benefits for Both Sexes

Other flaxseed oil benefits that aren't targeted just to women include:

Cancer preventionFighting existing cancer cellsStrengthening the immune systemRegulating high blood pressureReducing cholesterolFighting depressionBattling constipation, promoting regularityIncreasing metabolic rate, making weight loss and fat burning simplerImproving eyesightSpeeding up recovery after injuryStrengthening muscle massReducing inflammation due to disease, including arthritis and asthmaControlling blood sugars

How to Add Flaxseed Oil to Your Diet

Flaxseed oil is widely available at health food stores, or any place where you would buy your usual vitamins and supplements. Flaxseed oil contains proteins with a complete acid profile, which are especially beneficial to vegetarians and vegans.

Liquid Flaxseed Oil

Liquid flaxseed oil has a short shelf life, so store it in the refrigerator. Use up to one tablespoon per day, sprinkled over salads or other dishes, or stirred into yogurt or other soft foods. Cooking flaxseed oil could damage some of the nutrients, so try to take it cold or at room temperature.

Flaxseed Supplements

Flaxseed oil supplements can be stirred into water or other liquids, or added to smoothies or shakes. Read the label on your supplements for serving suggestions as well as proper dosage.

Flaxseed Oil Capsules

Capsules are perhaps the easiest way to take flaxseed oil. They are best absorbed by the body when taken with milk or food, especially with proteins. Check labels for dosage instructions, and if the suggestion is to take more than one capsule, spread them out over the course of your day for maximum benefits.

If you're a vegan or vegetarian, make sure to check what the capsule itself is made of. Some capsules use gelatin for elasticity, which is a no-no to vegans and some vegetarians.

The health benefits of flaxseed oil are hard to ignore. Try investing in some supplements, oil, or capsules, and see if they improve your overall health!

Article on:https://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com

In terms of my products “naturally-based” means we strive to use ingredients that are “close to the source”. This means that we use high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils and vitamins in pleasing and effective formulations. That means we blend natural ingredients with surfactants (for cleansing products), emulsifiers (for creams and lotions) and preservatives (for a product that is free of contaminants and safe to use).

All Natural vs Naturally Based Let’s talk for a moment about the difference between “all natural” and “naturally-based”. To fall into the all-natural category would mean that we would be either using natural preservatives whose safety has not been substantiated or the complete lack of preservatives all together. The absence of preservatives would also mean that our products would have a very limited shelf-life and would need to be refrigerated. That alone, would make it difficult for our products to exist. Items would have to been expressed shipped cold-packed and that would make the products quite cost prohibitive.Let’s review the terms introduced in the beginning: surfactant, emulsifiers and preservatives.

Surfactants One of the functions of a surfactant is to cleanse. A surfactant is any ingredient which reduces the surface tension between water and another liquid or between a liquid and a solid. There are good surfactants and bad surfactants. SLS has caused quite a controversy in recent years as a bad surfactant and linked to possible disease. You will never see SLS in any of our products. To cleanse, a surfactant interposes itself between dirt and the object being cleansed, thus separating the two and allowing for easy rinsing. It’s what makes your cleansers, body washes and bubble baths foam and bubble. Some surfactants are also known as detergents (remember “detergent” is not a dirty word!) There are mild cleansers and harsh cleansers. We use the gentlest and safest surfactant blends possible to effectively cleanse the skin, yet keep it moisturized and comfortable. Without surfactants, our products wouldn’t bubble and face it, most of us associate “foam” with “clean”.

Emulsifiers Simply put, an emulsifier is what makes a cream a cream. It’s what “marries” oil and water. An emulsion is created when fine droplets of a liquid are dispersed in a second liquid; both liquids do not mix on their own and must be held together using an emulsifier. A great example of an emulsion is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a mixture two liquids that normally can’t be combined. Oil and water is the classic example, but for mayo you are trying to “marry” lemon juice and oil. Emulsifying is done by slowly adding one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly. This disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through another. However, the two liquids would quickly separate again if an emulsifier were not added. Emulsifiers are liaisons between the two liquids and serve to stabilize the mixture. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk, which naturally contains lecithin, a fat emulsifier.

Preservatives Preservatives are a good thing, you want them to be in your beauty care products. Preservatives are added to skin, hair and body care products to protect the product and the consumer from the many types of mold, bacteria, yeast and fungus that can grow in a product. These unwelcomed “critters” can compromise the integrity of a product (make it separate, make is smell bad) and can in some cases can hurt you (from skin rashes all the way to blindness).Most companies use a blend of preservatives to protect against a wide range of contaminants (this is because some preservatives only protect against bacteria, some only get mold and fungus. These blends of preservatives provide us with broad spectrum protection.It is fairly safe to say that the total preservative blend used in our products is less than 1% of the total formulation, are a natural alternative to synthetic, and are non-toxic to the consumer.Is naturally based better? Yes! Naturally-based means you get the best of both worlds: a product with ingredients that are as close to the source as possible blended in effective and safe formulations.

Want to try your own sample of my naturally based haircare or skincare? Click here!

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Who doesn't love a delicious creamy sauce? My mouth is watering thinking about it. I found this video on juliasalbum.com and knew I had to try the recipe!!

As much as I'd love my family to stop eating gluten, they prefer to have this sauce over penne noodles as the recipe shows. I do mine over zoodles and it's just as scrumptious.

Delicious shrimp pasta with mozzarella cheese alfredo sauce is made from scratch with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes, paprika, and cream.  You'll have a perfectly cooked shrimp: soft and tender and never dry or rubbery!

Course: Main Course Cuisine: American, Italian Servings: 4 servings Calories: 632 kcal Author: Julia

Ingredients 8 oz penne pasta (for gluten free version, use gluten free brown rice pasta) Pasta: 2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar or just use regular olive oil)1 pound shrimp (without shells, and deveined)3 garlic cloves minced1/4 teaspoon salt Shrimp: 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes (without oil)4 garlic cloves minced1 cup half and half1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded (do not use fresh Mozzarella, use pre-shredded Mozzarella)1 tablespoon dried basil (if using fresh basil you can add more)1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed, add more to taste 1/8 teaspoon paprika1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water (or more)1/4 teaspoon salt Creamy Sauce:

Instructions How to cook pasta Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain the pasta. How to cook shrimp Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sauteing the shrimp as described below: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar - see the note above, or use regular olive oil) in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp with minced garlic.  Cook the shrimp on one side for about 1 minute, until shrimp turns pink or golden brown on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle salt over the shrimp to cover every single shrimp. Make sure not to crowd the shrimp in the skillet, otherwise, moisture will form and shrimp won't sear right. After 1 minute, flip the shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 30 seconds or 1 minute more. The shrimp should be golden color or pink on both sides and not overcooked.Remove the shrimp to a plate, being careful to leave all the oil in the skillet. How to make creamy Mozzarella sauce To the same skillet, add sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and sliced into smaller chunks, if needed) and more minced garlic. Saute sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (remaining from shrimp) on medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. The skillet should be hot. Add half and half to the hot skillet with sun-dried tomatoes and bring to boil. Add shredded cheese to the skillet, and quickly stir in while boiling. Immediately reduce to simmer. Continue cooking the sauce on low simmer heat, constantly stirring, until all the cheese melts and the creamy sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water. Add basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika. Stir.Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt gradually, stirring on low heat and tasting (you might need slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon). How to assemble shrimp pasta Add cooked pasta to the sauce, and reheat gently on medium heat. Add the cooked shrimp, stir it in. Taste, and season with more salt, if needed. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water. Let everything simmer on low heat for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.Note: Make sure to salt the dish just enough to bring out of the flavors of basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta Amount Per Serving Calories 632Calories from Fat 207 % Daily Value* Fat 23g35% Saturated Fat 9g56% Cholesterol 330mg110% Sodium 1449mg63% Potassium 1335mg38% Carbohydrates 63g21% Fiber 5g21% Sugar 12g13% Protein 43g86% Vitamin A 720IU14% Vitamin C 18mg22% Calcium 444mg44% Iron 6.8mg38% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.