What I am learning about Flax Seed….

Is flaxseed the new wonder food? Preliminary studies show that flaxseed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer.

King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it.  –   WHAAAT?? Wow!

Cancer- Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. (and likely endometrial cancer)

Cardiovascular – “Lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75%,”

Cholesterol – Eating flaxseed daily may help your cholesterol levels, too. Small particles of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Inflammation – Two components in flaxseed, ALA and lignans, may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses (such as Parkinson’s disease and asthma) by helping to block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents

How to use it – “Ground flaxseed, in general, is a great first choice but there may be specific situations where flax oil or the lignans (taken in amounts naturally found in flaxseed) might be as good,”

How much? – 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose

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  1. #1 by littlemrsyou on May 12, 2012 - 11:38 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • #2 by Fitness PhoenixX on May 14, 2012 - 12:22 am

      Thanks & I’m Happy to! 🙂 I thought it was important- I’ve incorporated it into my daily routine.

  2. #4 by ramblinann on July 6, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Just getting around to reading old emails and came across this post. I have started eating ground flax seed every morning too. Well almost every morning. I can tell the difference when I don’t have it. I didn’t realize all the benefits you wrote about. Wow I just thought it was helping with my IBS symptoms. Good info to know.

    • #5 by Fitness PhoenixX on July 19, 2012 - 1:45 pm

      Yep. I was really excited to find something so easy to add to my daily routine that had so many benefits! 🙂

  3. #6 by rachelmeeks on July 26, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Do you just eat it raw, or….? If it helps with inflammation, it could be really helpful in combating chronic pain. 🙂

    • #7 by Fitness PhoenixX on July 26, 2012 - 6:32 pm

      You can eat it raw (not the whole seeds- they should be ground. You can buy the flax meal (what I do) or grind it yourself). You can also add it to anything you bake. 🙂 & you are probably right!

      • #8 by rachelmeeks on July 27, 2012 - 6:42 pm

        Mmm I love the idea of baking it in to things! I do a lot of baking. 🙂

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