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The Benefits of Flax on Your Health

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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