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Flax seeds - Wonder source of medicines

Updated on May 18, 2012

Flax Seed helps in stress, breast cancer, diabetes, cholesterol

The Wonder Medicine

The Flax seed is an oil seed commonly known as Flax or Linseed. In different languages it has different names. It is found mainly in two colors i.e. brown and yellow. As per Wikipedia it has been found that this seed was widely used in ancient Ethiopia and Egypt and Republic of Georgia some 30 000 years back.

The seeds are a part of regular food habits in many parts of the world. In different regions ofIndiathe seeds are used in different forms like salad dressing, chutney, sweets made especially in winter season. The magical health benefits of Flax seeds have only surfaced in recent times, thanx to exchanges of information and ideas through Internet. It is increasingly getting established that the Flax Seeds have strong medicinal properties.

Some of the precious elements present in Flax Seeds are given below

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

It is the biggest vegetarian source of short chain Omega-3 fatty acid. Fish is bar the biggest and commonest source of these fatty acids.

Vitamins and nutrients

It also contains many Vitamins i.e Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and Vitamin C. The other precious items include Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Beneficial effects

Cholesterol Lowering - Balances Omega 6 acids and fibrous properties

Breast and Prostate cancer - Due to its anti inflammatory properties

Anti inflammation - Help in heart disease, diabetes, asthma (especially in children)

Anti oxidants

Best source of lignans - Balancing female harmones

The best way to take is in the form of oil. IT is said that it should be consumed in a week. There are some side effects too if taken in higher quantity i.e. higher than 2 tea spoonful.

It needs some study before embarking on using this as a medicine.



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      ALUR 6 years ago from USA

      I agree that fish oil and flaxseed supplements as well as natural fiber oriented foods are a great way to rid one of toxins. Be near a toilet however. LOL