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The health benefits of flaxseeds

Updated on January 2, 2013

Flaxseed for good health

Flax is a blue flowering plant that is traditionally grown on the Canadian Prairies for its oil rich seeds.

The natural oil produced from the seeds is recommended for general well being and is considered one of the richest plant sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
which are required for the health of almost all body systems.

Essential fatty acids are vital to our well being but they are not manufactured by the body and we can only get them through our diet.

Flax Seed Oil , also known as Linseed oil, is full of some crucial elements which are vital for good health and it is well know for containing
Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential Fatty Acids, Potassium, Lecithin, Magnesium, Protein and Zinc.

Modern research shows that populations with high amounts of lignan in their diet have a lower incident of Breast and Colon cancer.
Lignans are a group of natural chemical compounds only found in plants. Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen-like chemicals and act as antioxidants
Flax is known to be 100 times richer in lignan compared to the majority of whole grains. It also associate with relief of the side effects of cancer treatments and
may stop the development of many forms of cancer.


The benefits of flax seeds

There are different ways to add Flaxseed and its oil to your diet however the most effective way is to take Flaxseed oil Capules.
To achieve the same effectiveness you do from taking a 1000 mg capsule of Flaxseed Oil you would need to consume a lot flaxseed.
Flaxseed oil capsules are easy to use and safe supplement can be taken safely up to 3 times per day.

Flaxseed oil increases the body's production of energy and sports people value Flaxseed oil as it increases stamina.
It works directly on the mitochondria of the cell which is the powerhouse of the cell.
Athletes also value flaxseed oil as they firmly believe it shortens the recovery time after training sessions and leads to a lot less
muscle fatigue.

Flaxseed oil has also been proved to increase metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat and therefore aiding weight loss if
on a sensible diet.

Studies have also shown Flaxseed oil to help lower cholesterol and blood fats which are all main concerns as high cholesterol.
and triglycerides (blood fats) increase the risk of blood clots in the arteries. Blood clots in the arteries can cause heart attacks,
strokes and thrombosis.

Flaxseed oil also lowers high blood pressure in hypertensive patients, reduces the appearance of sticky platelets and inflammation of the arteries
caused by the build of plaque.

Many allergy sufferers have found that Flax seed oil greatly help with allergies especially hairline eczema. A lot of research is currently being done
into asthma and flaxseed oil. Allergy sufferers with asthma have reported an improvement in their condition when taking Flaxseed oil for their allergies.

Flaxseed oil is also recommended for Psoriasis and Dandruff, and it is an excellent treatment for dry skin conditions both in human and pets.
Dogs suffering from patches of dry skin or loss of fur seem to benefit greatly.

Common medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes Mellitus have been treated with Flaxseed oil by naturopaths.
Even though flaxseed oil does not cure the conditions, it does indeed relieve some of the symptoms associated with both conditions.
Other conditions which have responded to Flaxseed oil is Depression, MS and Premenstrual Syndrome.

Brittle bone is not an uncommon condition and Flaxseed Oil increases the absorption of Calcium and has therefore proven to be helpful to
suffers of Osteoporosis. The more rapid healing of sprains and bruises have also been associated with Flaxseed Oil.

Health News

Flaxseed and Sjogrens Syndrome

Sjogrens syndrome is an autoimmune condition which attacks the glands in the body which produce moisture such as tear glands causing dry eyes.

Preliminary evidence suggests that taking 1 -2 grams of flaxseed can improve the of dry eyes which affect people with Sjogren Syndrome ( from the Univertsity of Maryland) Update December 12 2012

Are you getting your lignans?

Flaxseeds are a rich source of lignans. Other food do contain lignans as well but to beat the content contained in flax you would need to eat a lot.

Here’s some facts and figures

Flaxseed -1 oz = 85.5 mg lignans

Sesame seeds = 11.2 mg lignans

Brocooli ½ cup – 0.6 mg lignans

Apricots ½ cup – 0.4 mg lignans

Cabbage ½ cup – 0.4 mg lignans

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