Health and Wellness : Benefits of Flaxseed

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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

    Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries: flaxseed.

    Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, according to the Flax Council of Canada. By the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Fast-forward 13 centuries, and some experts would say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected all those years ago.

    These days, flaxseed is found in all kinds of foods, from ******** to frozen waffles to oatmeal. In the first 11 months of 2006, 75 new products were launched that listed flax or flaxseed as an ingredient. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed gone up, agricultural use has also increased -- to feed all those chickens laying eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

    Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:

    * Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
    * Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
    * Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed
     
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    It may be tiny, but it’s mighty: The flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient payloads on the planet. And while it’s not technically a grain, it has a similar vitamin and mineral profile to grains, while the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids in flax leaves grains in the dust.

    Additionally, flax seed is very low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who limit their intake of starches and sugars. And its combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss and maintenance -- many dieters have found that flax seed has been a key to keeping them feeling satisfied.

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/flaxinfo.htm
     
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    Is it best to eat raw or cooked? Are any of the properties destroyed with heat, excess processing, or extreme cold?




     
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    How to Eat Flaxseed

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    he two basic kinds of flaxseed are golden yellow and brown. They are just about the same in vitamins and minerals except the Linola type of the yellow flax, which rates far lower in omega-3 and so shouldn't be chosen if your store has it. Most stores will have the brown type of flaxseed anyways.

    When buying flaxseed you have several options. Flaxseed is available in whole, milled, ground, and oil form. The oil form is very easy to use. All you need to do is add a dollop of the oil to whatever dish you're making. It also makes a nice dressing for salad. There are a few problems with it though. The oil is extremely vulnerable to turning rancid if not refrigerated and it doesn't contain any lignans or fiber-two of the main reasons for ingesting the flaxseed. Instead of eating the flaxseed oil you may just want to use it on your skin. It is really good for external skin problems and arthritis. Burns and scalds can also benefit from its use.


    The ground form of flaxseed is next to useless. Quickly after getting ground, the flaxseed starts losing its nutritional value. Also, ground flaxseed goes bad very quickly after being opened. This means the flaxseed has to be stored in the refrigerator and even then only lasts for about a week. If your choice is either using ground flaxseed or nothing use the ground stuff but if there is a choice you should pick one of the other versions.

    Milled flaxseed is available in some stores. It is less likely to go rancid and will last up to four months at room temperature without going bad.



    Of all the varieties, whole flaxseed is the best to get. It doesn't biodegrade very fast and so will last in your cupboard for quite a while without going bad. To use whole flaxseed you will need to grind it first. A cleaned coffee grinder works well as does a food processor. Even a mortar and pestle will work. It simply needs to be well ground before use. Only grind a small amount at a time. It will quickly go bad after being ground so keep it in the refrigerator or use it right away. Whole flaxseed is not digestible and will pass right through your system without giving you any health benefits, so only use it once it is ground to a meal.

    You can add ground flaxseed to a huge variety of items. Only add a little to start with though to avoid upsetting your digestive system with too much fiber. A couple of teaspoons per dish initially is a good amount to start with. If you feel bloated from that amount add less the next time. You can work your way up to adding more flaxseed to your diet but do so gradually.

    Read more: How to Eat Flaxseed | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4685668_eat-flaxseed.html#ixzz1ATBlbU00
     
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    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Tips & Warnings



    Flaxseed is as beneficial to your pets as it is to you. Grind some whole flaxseed and add it to their wet food to give them some extra vitamins. Start slowly and add a little at a time to prevent giving your pets gas.
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    If you have serious health problems consult your doctor before adding a lot of flaxseed to your diet. Flaxseed in large amounts make some oral medications not work as well.
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    Don't eat large amounts of raw flaxseed. It contains a chemical called hydrogen cyanide or cyanogenic glucosides which can be deadly if eaten in large enough amounts. This is the same thing that is in apple pips and cherry pits so isn't something to really worry about if you don't eat huge amounts it raw.


    Read more: How to Eat Flaxseed | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4685668_eat-flaxseed.html#ixzz1ATCCVBXR
     
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    Hi Amnat77,
    Thank you for sharing the benefits of flaxseed with everyone. I know few benefits also and want to share through this forum.
    They are great source of fiber,
    They help in lowering cholesterol,
    They prevents against cancer,
    They secure us from many heart disease.
     
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    Hi Amnat77,
    Some benefits of flax seeds:
    They works as natural laxative as they are rich in fiber,
    They contain concentrated amount of alpha-linolenic acid,
    They helps in reducing cholesterol level,
    They are great source of magnesium,
    They combats heart disease,
    They protects against diabetes.
     
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    Be mindful that flaxseed has a LOT of calories. If you are restricting your diet in that way, take heed.
     
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    Chia seeds are also healthy!
     
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