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Flax Oil Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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Is Flax Oil Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Flax Oil' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1 tsp

Biocharacteristics of Flax Oil

See a complete list of all biocharacteristics.
INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Tissue (dhatu):
Fat

FAT

Fat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Flax Oil
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Emollient

EMOLLIENT

Soothes & softens the skin. Often a topical demulcent or oil.

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Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic, Emollient

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Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Emollient, Nutritive

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Grape Seed Oil

Grape Seed Oil has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic, Emollient

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Corn Oil

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Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Canola Oil

Canola Oil has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Emollient, Nutritive

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Olive Oil

Olive Oil has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Emollient, Nutritive

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Eggs

Eggs has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic, Emollient

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Ghee

Ghee has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Emollient, Nutritive

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Flax Oil

Vata Massage Oil

Vata Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Almond Oil

Almond Oil has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive, Tonic

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Sukumaram Ghrita

Sukumaram Ghrita has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic

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Kshirabala Taila

Kshirabala Taila has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic

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Pitta Massage Oil

Pitta Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Emollient

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Ashwagandha Ghee

Ashwagandha Ghee has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic

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Joint Balm

Joint Balm has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Nutritive

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Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic

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Bala Taila

Bala Taila has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic

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Balarishta- Vitality Tonic

Balarishta- Vitality Tonic has these Actions in Common

Emollient, Tonic

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Impact of Flax Oil

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Flax Oil affect your temperature?

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18
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Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your sweat quantity?

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4
29
6
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your appetite/hunger?

2
16
14
5
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your digestion speed?

3
11
18
6
1
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

TOXINS

How did Flax Oil affect the amount of gas & bloating?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your stool smell?

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5
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

Tongue: How did Flax Oil affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

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13
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect the color of your tongue coating?

2
3
4
11
19
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your urine smell?

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2
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2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

1
3
31
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your sweat smell?

0
4
33
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

HYDRATION

How did Flax Oil affect your urine frequency/quantity?

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8
29
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Flax Oil affect your energy levels?

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7
20
11
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your muscle tension?

0
12
25
2
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your anxiety?

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11
19
9
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

DIGESTION

How did Flax Oil affect the amount of gas & bloating?

0
12
18
9
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your appetite/hunger?

2
16
14
5
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your digestion speed?

3
11
18
6
1
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

TONGUE

Tongue: How did Flax Oil affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
11
13
13
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect the color of your tongue coating?

2
3
4
11
19
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

STOOL

How did Flax Oil affect your stool smell?

0
4
29
5
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your stool consistency?

4
16
13
5
1
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your stool frequency/quantity?

2
4
16
15
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your stool color?

8
2
4
4
21
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your stool lightness?

2
13
19
4
1
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

URINE

How did Flax Oil affect your urine clarity?

3
32
4
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your urine smell?

1
2
34
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your urine lightness?

0
4
27
7
1
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
8
29
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

1
3
31
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

SWEAT

How did Flax Oil affect your sweat smell?

0
4
33
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your sweat quantity?

0
4
29
6
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

SYSTEMIC

How did Flax Oil affect your anxiety?

0
11
19
9
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your temperature?

0
7
18
13
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your energy levels?

0
7
20
11
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)

How did Flax Oil affect your muscle tension?

0
12
25
2
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 39 Study ID:17 (2020-10-14 - 2020-10-31)


Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Flax Oil may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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