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Flaxseed, A Modern Miracle

Aug 17, 2007
A Fabulous Laxative and an Absolute Xylem (FLAX) derived from flax plant is an annual plant seen to grow well in a sandy and clayey soil. It is commonly referred to as Linseed. The botanical name is Linum usitatissimum. The seeds are oval-shaped and should be refrigerated. Flaxseed oil derived from flaxseed is unsaturated and heart-friendly.

Flaxseeds, A Treasure House of Nutrients
Flaxseeds are a good source of nutrients such as protein and essential aminoacids, fat and essential fatty acids, minerals especially phosphorus and most importantly dietary fiber.

The Mastermind Behind
Flaxseeds attribute their goodness to two important constituents
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an Essential omega-3 Fatty Acid (EFA)
Lignan, a Phytoestrogen (Antioxidant)

Benefits of Flaxseed
It is a vital source of omega-3 fatty acid for vegetarians along with soyabeans.
As it is gluten-free, it is considered safe for people with gluten allergy.
Hot flushes, a characteristic symptom of menopause is seen to reduce by flaxseed consumption.
It improves the good cholesterol (HDL), decreases triglycerides, platelet activity and blood pressure, thereby benefiting cardiovascular health.
Morning stiffness, a characteristic symptom of arthritis is seen to decrease, thereby increasing mobility.
It reduces the incidence of asthma.
The lignans in flax possess antioxidant properties which results in the prevention of atherosclerotic plaques formation.
It also reduces the risk of Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes as it reduces the insulin requirements.
Flaxseed consumption helps in forming prostaglandins (hormone-like compound) which increases the permeability of cell membrane thereby improving the immune function of the body.
It aids in reducing the incidence of renal diseases.
The essential fatty acid in flaxseed plays a vital role in decreasing skin diseases like psoriasis.
Flaxseeds fight against carcinogens and reduces the cell-damaging free radicals, thereby preventing cancer.
Its high insoluble fiber(28%) and mucilage content adds bulk to the stools and thus attributes to its laxative property, thereby preventing the incidence of constipation and diverticulitis.
The reduction in omega-3 levels in the diet pose a high risk for the occurrence of depression.

A Flaxy Diet
Two tablespoons of flaxseed provides the omega-3 fatty acid for a 2000 Kcal diet. If you want to check out the above said, try to incorporate them in your diet. The pleasant nutty flavor aids in its easy usage.
The powdered seed can be used as a salad dressing with mayonnaise and vinegar.
Flaxseed oil can be used for cooking.
The flour can be used with bread dough or for making pancakes, waffles, muffins and cutlets.
The powdered seed can be sprinkled on steamed rice with a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter).
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Kevin Pederson, webmaster for home remedies, such as Home Remedies gives you natural cures to treat daily commonly faced ailments in the comfort of your home. He also writes for other health sites such as yoga, hair-n-skin care and more.
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