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FLAX SEEDS (golden and brown) make an excellent addition to a smoothie and are jam-packed with tons of nutrition and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Cholesterol-The consumption of flax seed is associated with a reduction in total cholesterol, including the LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Study after study has shown a positive response to eating ground flax seed daily. Eating low fat foods, increasing your exercise, limiting the salt, sugar and eating flax seed daily are a few ways that you can win the battle against high cholesterol.
Diabetes-Nutritionists are instructing their diabetic patients to eat flax daily. It has been discovered that the omega-3 fat and high fiber in flax may play a role in the fight against diabetes.
Cancer-Flaxseed is high in lignans, up to 800 times the amount as in any tested plant food. Flax seed is high in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid, making it a key player in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer.
Constipation-Flax is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. One ounce of flax provides 32% of daily intake of fiber, promoting regular bowel movements. Flax seed’s all natural fiber helps to absorb water, thereby softening the stool and allowing it to pass through the colon quickly. When adding fiber to your diet, it is important to make sure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water daily.
Inflammation-Flax is high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, benefiting those who suffer from inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. It is the inflammation within the joints that cause so much of the pain associated with arthritis. The January 1996 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that the participants in a study that took flax oil daily reduced inflammatory responses by as much as 30%.
Menopausal Symptoms-Flax, like soy, is a phytoestrogen, which is an estrogen-like substance found in plants. Flax is the richest known plant source of phytoestrogens. These act as a natural hormone therapy and help to stabilize hormonal levels. This stabilization of hormonal levels helps to lessen the symptoms of menopause.
Heart Disease has claimed the lives of too many of our family and friends. Years of a sedentary lifestyle, super size meals and processed foods have finally caught up with us. Can flax help? Yes it can. Numerous studies have been done on the effect of flax on heart disease, yielding many positive findings. Flax has been found to help reduce total cholesterol, LDL levels (the bad cholesterol), triglycerides. Flax helps to reduce clotting time and thereby reduces the chance for heart attacks and strokes. Regular intake of flax protects against arrhythmias and helps keep the arteries clear and pliable!
Immune System-Research has found that eating flax daily favorably affects immunity, the body’s ability to defend itself successfully against bacteria and viruses. Two components of flax, lignans and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), have been found to affect immune cells and compounds that control immune reaction.
“The Blues” and Alzheimer’s-It’s that tired feeling that a good night’s rest won’t shake… that listless down in the dumps feeling that you just can’t get rid of. We call it “the blues”, the most common form of depression. Preliminary research suggests that eating a diet rich in flax could reduce the risk of ever feeling “down in the dumps”. Flax has a mood boosting ingredient – docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – that is essential for the proper function of brain cells, yet up to 85% of women aren’t getting enough of it. Early research noted that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is believed to be important for brain development, seeing a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s from eating a diet high in Omege-3 fatty acids (Flax is the richest source of Omega 3’s in the plant kingdom). More research is needed in the area of flax and its relation to depression and brain function, however preliminary research is very promising.