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4 Reasons Your Body Loves Flaxseed

4 Reasons Your Body Loves Flaxseed

Flaxseeds have been cultivated for their health benefits for 5,000 years. They’ve been around for ages, but only in the last few decades has nutritional science realized just how good they are for us.

“Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health,” Mahatma Gandhi.

I love adding flaxseeds to my meals and baking!  Let’s learn more about this PowerFood.

Essential  Flaxseed Health Benefits

1. Flaxseeds are one of the foods highest in soluble and insoluble fiber.
4 Tbsp flax meal = 8 grams of fiber.

  • Great for detoxing of the body. They contain a gummy soluble fiber called mucilage which protects intestinal flora.
  • Helps keep bowel movements regular eliminating toxins.
  • Blocks excess acidity thus improves digestion.
  • The fibre has cholesterol-lowering effects.
  • The high fiber helps stabilize blood sugar.

2. Flaxseed lignans fight cancer, infection and more.

  • Flaxseeds Reduce Prostate Cancer: Research studies show lignans can slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • Flaxseeds help with Breast Cancer Survival: Three studies followed thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer were published at PubMed Central® 1. 2. 3. They found “Lignans might play an important role in reducing all-cause and cancer-specific mortality of the patients operated on for breast cancer.”
  • Lignans seem to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
  • Lignans may reduce pre-menopausal symptoms, promote fertility and prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Flaxseed omega 3 oil is good for your heart, and a lot more!

3. Flaxseed Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation.

  • Many chronic diseases (heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes) are developed from too much inflammation; this is enhanced by having too little Omega-3 intake. Flaxseed oil can be a real help.

Benefits of essential fatty acids:

  • increases “good” Cholesterol levels
  • for organ health
  • keep joints supple
  • a healthy brain; very important when a child’s brain grows the fastest, in utero and during infancy
  • a healthy heart and arteries
  • can nourish immune system
  • help keep bones strong
  • for a smooth skin

4.  Flaxseed Meal is Low Carb, Low Glycemic Index, and Gluten Free.

  • Although flaxseeds are not a grain, they have a similar vitamin and mineral profile and are often used in grain recipes.
  • For those on a low carbohydrate diet, or a gluten-free diet, flaxseed meal is perfectly safe.  It has a low glycemic index of 32 and with it’s high fiber is good for weight loss.

Flaxseeds are so good I use them in all my cooking classes and detoxes!

Flaxseed Trivia:

  • Hippocrates used flaxseed for relief of intestinal discomfort.
  • The Egyptians used linen (made from flax seed) to wrap their mummies.
  • Christ wore linen in his tomb. Homer tells of sails made of linen in his Odyssey.
  • Laws were passed requiring people to consume flax seeds for its health benefits by King Charlemagne in the 8th century.
  • Flax was one of the original medicines, used by Hippocrates himself.
  • Some flax varieties are  grown for oil, some for their fiber to make linen.

Caution about Flaxseeds:

  • If you have a delicate digestive system, start with low doses of flax meal to begin with (one table spoon per day) and work up to two.
  • If you have a significant digestive disorder, the fiber/laxative effect of flax could be serious. The National Institutes of Health recommends that people with bowel problems or disease should not consume flaxseed.
  • Some researchers are concerned about the levels of cyanide compounds (cyanogenic glycosides) in flaxseed, but all studies so far have shown that they do not create the anticipated problems in the body.

Flaxseed History:

  • Stone Age: Flax remnants were found in Stone Age dwellings in Switzerland.
  • Around 3000 BC:  flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon.
  • 8th century: King Charlemagne passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it because he believed in its health benefits.

There are many different varieties and forms of flaxseed.


Here are 3 recipes with flaxseeds in them:

Spring Cleanse Fruit Salad You will want to eat this every season but spring is the time to detox!

Gingerbread Cake – Gluten free The most delicious AND balanced cake in the world!

Nutritious Nut Loaf It’s hearty and healthy!

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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8:14AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

good to know

2:48PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

There are some granolas that have some flaxseed in it already, if you just want to try flax a little at a time...

2:38PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

I am trying to implement flax seed in my diet, but I never quite "git 'er done".

1:54PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Hail to the mighty flaxseed!

9:50AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

6:05AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Must try flax

6:04AM PDT on May 19, 2014


2:56AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Interesting. Thank you

8:12PM PDT on May 18, 2014


3:55PM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thanks for writing about all the health benefits.

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