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Reasons to LOVE Flaxseed

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After falling head over heals for Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Granola Cereal with Pumpkin Seeds, my interest around Flax was peaked.  I did some research around the benefits of Flax and why we should be incorporating this little teeny weeny seed into our diets.

  1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids: Flax Seed is full of Omega-3s…which are known to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers and even reduce inflammation due to arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease and asthma.

  2. Full of Fiber: The fiber in Flax is especially beneficial because it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.

  3. Loaded with Lignans: Lignans are beneficial because they act as phytoestrogens and antioxidants.

  4. Lubrication: Because of the omega-3, essential fatty acids, flaxseed is a great lubricant and can be especially helpful in relieving dry eyes.  Dry eyes are usually a result of an insufficient outer oil layer in the tear film.  Flax oil (also known as linseed oil) helps the oil glands produce the proper consistency of oil to coat the surface.

Flaxseed can be bought at most supermarkets and/or health food stores.  It comes in three varieties: whole seeds, ground seed or oil.  Most experts would recommend that you use the ground seeds, as they provide all of the benefits listed above.  Whole seeds, on the other hand, will pass through your system undigested and the oil, lacks the fiber which is so good for you.

Note: If you suffer from diverticulosis, the oil is probably the best option.

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  • James McCloskey

    Good recommendation — I use flaxseed quite often at breakfast to get my omega-3s — if it helped Barry Bonds hit all those home runs, it must be good!

  • Nadine Ham

    I am 76 yrs. old Have bronical asthma (copd) stayed tired all the time. Weigh almost 200 lbs, yet don’t eat that much. Am in phy therapy 3 X week. Had two knee replacements and can walk, but due to my breathing I can’t walk far. I can’t get air out of my lungs. The only med I take is a thyroid. But use inhalers and breathing machine when possible. Also, am constipated. Can you help me.

    Thanks
    Nadine

    • Brett

      Nadine, this isn’t a medical site. In this case, i would recommend you speak to your doctor for professional advice.