Friday, February 18, 2011

Flax Seed: Tiny Seed, BIG Health Booster!

Often referenced to be one of the most powerful plant-type foods on earth, flax seed has been cultivated and used in medicine for centuries. Now days, flax seed or "flax" can be found on the ingredients label on many foods including various crackers and oatmeal. Although flax seed contains an abundance of healthy components, it's 3 key ingredients have given it its healthy reputation:

Fiber- Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol (thus reducing the risk of heart disease) and regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes. Insoluble fiber promotes regular bowel movement and prevents constipation. Insoluble fiber also removes toxic waste and regulates pH in the intestines helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Omega-3- This is an essential fatty acid known as "good" fat. Omega-3 fatty acid is known to benefit and help regulate many conditions from high blood pressure to cancer. It has also been proven to benefit the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

Lignans- Lignan is an antioxident that reduces the risk of breast cancer in women as well as prostate cancer in men.

For more information about flax seed and it's health benefits, follow any above link or click on the site referenced below.

WebMD on flax seed

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