The Benefits of Flax on Your Health
My wife has recently started grinding up flax and giving it to us in smoothies. I’ve really noticed a difference in how I feel in general- but in particular I’ve noticed that my stomach pains (I had some pretty severe stomach pains for about a month) have disappeared. My doctor had recommended getting my gall bladder removed-turns out all I needed was some good ol’ fashioned fiber in my diet!
Here are some known benefits of taking flax or flaxseed oil:
o Fights cholesterol, including LDL (the bad cholesterol).
o Fights Diabetes (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!)
o Fights Cancer with it’s high Lignan and ALA content. The high fiber content helps fight off colon cancer
o Fights constipation a single ounce of flax provides 32% of recommended daily fiber intake.
o Fights inflammation with it’s high Omega 3 Fatty Acids. This is great news for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
o Fights Menopausal Symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, moodiness. This is because it is a phytoestregen.
o Fights heart disease and keeps the arteries clear and pliable.
o Flax’s ALAs help to strengthen your immune system!
o Fights atypical depression (the blues). Preliminary research suggests that eating a diet rich in flax could slash your risk of ever feeling “down in the dumps”. Follow up studies show that just 2-3 tablespoons of flax daily can help up to 2/3rds of severely depressed women bounce back within eight weeks.
So if you aren’t taking flax, start taking it! You will feel the results just like I did.
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