Do you want to improve your overall health and take action against degenerative diseases? Rather than making radical changes in your lifestyle that often don’t stick, why not try making a few small changes that are easy to live with and will benefit you over the long haul? One such change is the addition of flaxseed to your diet.
What is Flaxseed and What Can it Do for You?
Flaxseed comes from flax, which is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Flaxseed is high in lignans, which is a phytoestrogen. Flaxseed is also a potent source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Flaxseed has been shown to be beneficial in many ways:
It may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. The several studies suggest that the daily consumption of ground flaxseed is associated with a reduction in total cholesterol, including the LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
It may help keep diabetes in check. In a study conducted by the University of Toronto, participants who ate flaxseed bread had blood sugar levels 28% lower an hour after eating than their counterparts who ate bread made with wheat flour.
It may fight cancer. The American National Cancer Institute has singled out flaxseed as one of six foods that deserve special study for its anti-cancer properties. Research has shown that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet reduces your colon-cancer risk. Flaxseed, high in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid, is a key player in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer.
It is a powerful ally against heart disease. Flaxseed helps to reduce clotting time and thereby reduces the chance for heart attacks and strokes. Regular intake of flax is believed to protect against arrhythmias and helps keep the arteries clear and pliable.