According to a collection of studies and research, flaxseed may:
- Have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
- Help the cardiovascular system via several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.
- Modestly improve blood sugar (as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes).
- Reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses (such as Parkinson’s disease and asthma) by helping to block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents.
- Reduce menopausal women’s hot flashes in half: 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, taken twice a day.
Until more is known–pregnant women and possibly breastfeeding mothers should not supplement their diets with ground flaxseed.
For more information about flaxseed, see How to Increase Omega 3s in Your Diet.