Fabulous Flax

Flax is an ancient seed that has been used in the diets of humans for thousand of years. In 400 BC the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used flax to treat his patients. His simple prescription was: “Let them eat flax!”

In the 8th century, flax was believed to be so important for health that the medieval King Charlemagne passed laws requiring his subjects to consume flax regularly. Today, nutritionists, consumers and scientists are rediscovering perhaps one of the original ‘health foods’ and the tremendous health benefits of flax.

Flax is a nutritional powerhouse and a super-healing food.

Health Benefits of Flax Seed

Flax promotes cardiovascular health
The ultra-high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol levels and help keep arteries flexible and pliable, and reduce inflammation.

Flax promotes colon health and prevents cancer
Flax is high in fibre and promotes regularity. It is rich in lignans – compounds that appear to have anti-cancer properties.

Flax aids in weight management
Fats high in essential fatty acids (Omega-3) help increase the metabolic rate. The high fibre content means fewer calories relative to the total weight of the food consumed. Hunger and cravings are reduced as fibre is absorbed more slowly, which means we feel fuller longer.

Flax may lessen severity of diabetes
The high fibre content and Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been found to assist in lowering and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Flax boosts immunity and fights inflammation
Research is showing that Omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans help prevent inflammation and may be useful in the treatment of some auto-immune disorders.

Flax helps lessen depression
Many symptoms of depression can be directly linked to nutrient deficiencies. Omega-3 essential fatty acid, minerals, and vitamins in flax are mood-boosting ingredients that are essential for the proper function of brain cells.

Flax promotes healthy skin and cells
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in cell membrane development and healthy cell growth. This is especially important when a child’s brain is developing in-utero and during infancy.

Flax may lessen symptoms of menopause
Flax is one of the richest known plant sources of phytoestrogens – estrogen-like substances that can help to stabilize hormone levels and help lessen the symptoms of menopause.

How much flax to eat

Recommendations by health experts vary but it is suggested that eating between 1 – 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily will provide enough Omega-3 essential fatty acid (ALA) to meet dietary needs in a balanced diet.

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