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Health Benefits of Flax Seed

Flaxseed can help you lose belly fatWhat is it?
Flax seed is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Originating in the Eastern Mediterranean, flax seed is harvested from plants from the Linum family. Flax seed is extremely versatile in nutritional merit: it is a great source of dietary fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acids. There is also continuing research that suggests the antioxidant lignans found in flax seed can help in preventing heart disease and certain types of cancers. Flax seed has long been known to be a nutritional powerhouse in parts of Eurasia. Think about incorporating flax seed into your diet today to both improve health and prevent disease. 

What makes it so good?

Flax seed comes in two varieties, brown and gold, that are equivalent in terms of nutritional value. One-hundred grams of flax seed (which is about 3/5 of a cup) yields significant values in almost every major nutrient including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, and manganese. This same amount of flax seed also contains 110% of the daily recommended value for thiamin.

On top of the nutrient and vitamin content, flax seed contains plant omega-3 fatty acids which are similar, but not the same, to those found to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. The omega-3′s found in flax seed have been linked to extended protection against heart disease and regulation of blood pressure. Flax seed also contributes to heart health by being a strong anti-inflammatory. It has shown to decrease inflammation in the heart by significant amounts. By reducing inflammation in the arteries created by plaque, flax seed prevents heart attacks and strokes.

When it comes to hearth health, every little bit counts. Whether it is omega-3′s from fish or from nuts and seeds, all factors work independently of one another. Adding another heart healthy option to your diet, such as flaxseed, can provide a substantial boost to your long-term cardiovascular health.

Finally, the lignans in flax seed are effective antioxidants. Recent studies suggest that lignans can protect against cancer by impeding the growth and spread of tumor cells, particularly those associated with breast, prostate, and colon cancer. The lignans that flax seed has in abundance seem to block enzymes that are involved with hormones and hormone metabollism.
Adding flax seed to your diet can have profound effects on your long-term health, but 3/5 of a cup of flax seed sounds like, and is, a lot of flax seed to digest. Thankfully flax seed can be found in a variety of forms, the most notable of which is flax seed oil. Other flax seed products include flax seed crackers, waffles, oatmeal and cereal. It’s easier than ever before to incorporate this wonder-seed into your diet. Your heart will thank you.

What’s the best way to get flax seed?

As noted, flax seed is more obtainable than ever. The most nutritionally dense and best for your health is probably flax seed oil. Flax seed oil contains just part of the seed yet provides all the nutritional benefits associated with the seed. You can get flax seed oil from any nutritional retailer in both liquid and pill form.  

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