Only few know that flaxseed has many health properties. Its exceptional nutritional properties come from the omega-3 fatty acids it contains, very beneficial for cardiovascular health and for regulation of cholesterol levels.
Flaxseed: a concentrate of good nutrients
Flaxseed has very low fat content; it is also rich in soluble fibers that, according to some scientific studies, lower the cholesterol level. Therefore, its use also prevents the risk from cardiovascular disease. Moreover, consumption of flaxseed lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system and prevents symptoms of menopause because of the phytoestrogens it contain. More other health benefits are associated with the consumption of flaxseed such as that it reduces the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
How to consume flax seeds?
Avoid flaxseed oil. Consume ground flaxseeds should. The seed itself is surrounded by a hard shell. And if it is not consumed grinded, all the essential nutrients will stay locked inside.
Ground flax seeds can be added to any dish like salads, yoghurts, cereals, ready meals, etc.
Flaxseed prevents heart attacks
Numerous scientific studies have shown that flaxseeds are very effective in prevention from cardiovascular diseases (myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular stroke, cholesterol, etc).
Why? The soluble fibers contained in the flaxseed effects bile acids in the intestine to reduce cholesterol absorption in the blood. Thanks to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed prevents blood clots and improves blood flow, hence its effectiveness in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.
There are numerous examples of cholesterol treatment by daily consumption of flaxseed. The daily amount of 20 grams of freshly ground flaxseed is usually recommended dosage for cholesterol treatment. Surprisingly the obvious results of lowering the cholesterol level can be seen only in few weeks. Beside this, during this period other notable changes can be notes such as softer skin and better hair, increased energy, improved vision, and in most of the cases weight loss.
So what are you waiting for? Just start consuming flaxseed. If you are experiencing health complications because of very high cholesterol, try this natural remedy! A quantity of 20 grams is sufficient (every day) doze to improve your cardiovascular health. Moreover, with its subtle nutty flavor, flaxseed can flavor any of your dishes.
In order to be effective, flax seeds should be freshly ground in a coffee grinder only several seconds before the consumption.
It is recommended to give whole flaxseed to children under 6 years old, in case of intestinal obstruction or narrowing of the esophagus. Flaxseed is not recommended for those with intestinal diverticula or those who suffer from bowel disease (ibs) because they could stick to the intestinal mucosa and cause inflammation.
Flaxseed is also contra effective in cases of breast or ovarian cancer and to people with thyroid disorders. Ask advice from a naturopath or a doctor.