I don’t think that flaxseed has had as much fame as it is worth in this age. With all of its cancer fighting properties I am a little surprised that people are not trying to get their hands on this stuff! With all of the supplements on the market today, a flaxseed supplement would be the way to go even if your just trying to support the immune system and digestion. It is full of Phytochemicals, lignans, HDL (the good cholesterol), Vitamin B, magnesium and manganese, antioxidants and Omega 3’s!
But what is flax?
Flax, or Linum Usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linacea. It is often grown in colder regions as food and for its fiber content. Because this wonder seed a fiber powerhouse it is known to help with digestion and is known to be a mild laxative for those suffering with constipation. So if your looking for something without all of the side effects have a few tablespoons of flax in the morning to start your day!
Not only is flax good for its fiber, it is also looked upon for its ability to help stabilize blood sugar, calm hot flashes in menopausal women, prevent inflammation and protect against cancers particularly involving the prostate, breast and colon.
There are a lot of compounds in flax seeds that are known to help with these ailments but I want to take a look at lignans in particular.
Lignans are known to be a type of phytoestrogen, which in turn is why it is said to help with menopausal symptoms and prostate cancer.
In fact let me show you a few pieces mentioned in Dr. Michael Gregors’ book “How Not To Die”.
“Higher levels of lignans tend to be found in the prostate fluids of populations of men with relatively low rates of prostate cancer.” -221
Not only that but, “Lignans have also been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in a petri dish.”-221
“Researchers decided to put lignans to the test by asking men with prostate cancer scheduled for prostate-removal surgery the following month to consume three tablespoons a day of flaxseed. After surgery, their tumors were examined. Within just those few weeks, the flaxseed consumption appeared to have lowered their cancer-cell proliferation rates, while at the same time increasing their rate of cancer- cell clearance.” -221
How about that? If your looking to help lower your cholesterol, flax may help, especially if you supplement something called a “flax-egg” in your baking at home for regular chicken eggs. We love to make flax eggs here at home when we make pancakes and other baked goods such as muffins or breads. It is super easy, keeps your baked goods moist, fluffy and delicious and it has NO side effects. All you need is:
1 Tablespoon of Flax Meal and 3 Table spoons of water per “EGG”
and that is it! It is that easy!
Because flax has so much fiber and is known to help get the digestion on the move, it can be known to help aid in weight loss. Obviously you cannot constantly eat a whole pan of muffins made with flax and expect to lose some weight, but if your dieting and exercising already, it wouldn’t hurt to add in a simple flax meal supplement everyday to get your other parts moving!
When looking for what types of flax you should take, I would suggest trying to always look for something organic. It is thought that brown and golden flax is best, and if your going to purchase it in whole form, be sure to grind it first before adding it to smoothies or baking with it as it is best digested and absorbed when it is ground up.
In other words! Have a Fan-Flaxtic Day!