They call it the most powerful plant foods on the planet. This is very big name for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries. Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and ALA omega-3s. Modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Lot of experts recommend ground over whole flaxseed because the ground form is easier for your body to digest. Whole flaxseed can pass through the intestine undigested, which means you won’t get all the benefits.
This seed is used to improve digestive health or relieve constipation. They can also help lower total blood cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
It is sold in bulk (whole or ground) at many grocery stores and health food stores. Whole seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder and then stored in an airtight container in the freezer, for several months. Refrigerating whole seeds can also extend their freshness.
Very rich in both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves with water and creates a gel-like substance that helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber absorbs water, which adds bulk to your digestive tract and helps to move things through quickly.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This acid is known as n-3 fatty acids and these acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer,inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antioxidants & Caner Protection
Estrogen-like chemical compounds with antioxidant qualities, that are able to scavenge free radicals in the body. Flaxseed is considered to be one of the best sources of lignans, when crushed or milled flaxseeds. A study published in 2010 in the “British Journal of Nutrition” tested the lignan from flaxseeds in regard to cancer found that flax lignans can lower your cancer risk by preventing pre-cancerous cellular changes, as well as slow down the progression and movement of cancer cells. The American Cancer Society reports that lignans may help to reduce the growth of hormone-related cancers including prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.
There is research in United States that is presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) revealed that consuming flaxseed can stop prostate cancer tumors from growing. Dr Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, lead investigator of the study said that the team said: “excited that this study showed that flaxseed is safe and associated with a protective effect on prostate cancer.”
Omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseeds—alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA—are super helpful for the cardiovascular system. As the building block for other messaging molecules that help prevent excessive inflammation, ALA can help protect the blood vessels from inflammatory damage. Numerous studies have shown the ability of dietary flaxseeds to increase our blood levels of ALA, even when those flaxseeds have been ground and incorporated into baked goods like breads or muffins.
Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center and their research experts found that cholesterol levels lowered among men who included flaxseed in their diet. Suzanne Hendrich, lead author of the study, stated that for people who can’t take medicine like Lipitor, this can at least give you some cholesterol-lowering benefit.
Because flaxseeds contain strong fiber content, including their mucilaginous fiber that helps delay gastric emptying and can improve intestinal absorption of nutrients. Flaxseed fibers also help the passage of food through our intestines and the lignans in have been shown to reduce risk of colon cancer.
Helps Weight Management
When ingested flaxseed is expanding, making you feel fuller, so it can help to take flax 30 minutes before meals to help control your appetite.
Flaxseeds alpha-linolenic acid has been shown to decrease inflammation, which allows your immune system to function better. Preliminary research suggests that flaxseed can help relieve autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and lupus.
Preventing Hot Flashes
There is study published in the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology suggests that a dietary intake of flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women. Not only does flaxseed seem to alleviate hot flashes, but it also appears to have overall health and psychological benefits.
Improves Blood Sugar
It is proven with strong evidence to suggest that consuming flaxseed every day improves glycemic control in obese people with pre-diabetes, according to a study published in Nutrition Research.
Protection Against Radiation
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and their researchers found that a diet that includes flaxseed helps protect skin tissue from being damaged by radiation. The investigators concluded that their study demonstrated dietary flaxseed that is already known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, works as both a mitigator and protector against radiation pneumonopathy, or in other words, flaxseeds lessen the effects of radiation and protects the body from diseases of the lung.
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