Flax Seeds – A Great Little Add to Your Diet

Flax Fights Cancer: flax seeds are high in alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which has been found to be promising as a cancer fighting agent. Flax seed‘s high fiber aspect is also beneficial in the fight against colon cancer. Epidemiological studies note that diet plays a major role in the incidence of colon cancer. Research has shown that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet reduces your colon-cancer risk. Flax seed, high in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid, is a key player in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer.

Flax Fights Inflammation: flax is high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. That’s good news for people who suffer from inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Health experts, such as former Surgeon General C. Evertt Koop, recommend eating foods high in Omega 3’s for people suffering from 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%.

Flax and the Immune System: Across the table, your co-worker sneezes, no tissue in sight, you feel a light spray hit your face and shudder. Standing in a crowded elevator, in a busy mall, or in an airplane, you sometimes feel like you can’t escape getting at least one or two colds each year…or can you? 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.

There are so many more beneficial aspects to flax, but these three reasons might make you want to grab a batch. If you do decide to venture out and grab some flax , a little word of advice, go for the “grounded” or “mashed” options; the reason is that the Whole Flax Seed won’t break down in the body correctly, without being mashed first.  Sprinkle it over your salad, add it to your smoothie.  However you add it, just do it!

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