Flaxseed has been around for centuries. Their consumption dates back to the ancient Egypt and ancient China. History tells us that King Charlemagne ordered his subjects to eat Flaxseeds on a regular basis, because they were great for health. Some people consider Flaxseeds to be “wonder food”. It is good to have the included in our diet, but up to a point.
A good reason to eat Flaxseed is its good fat content. Flaxseed also contains fiber and antioxidants. Recent studies have shown that Flaxseeds can considerably lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals; they are rich in fiber, soluble and insoluble fiber (the previous dissolves in water, the latter doesn’t); and two fatty acids – the Alpha-Linoleic acid and Linoleic acid.
One of the greatest benefits of Flaxseeds is its capability to fight cancer. It is able to prevent cancerous cells from growing when it comes to breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. The omega-3 fatty acids are the one who disrupt malignant cells from clinging on other body cell. The lignans in the flaxseed can stop tumors as well.
Cholesterol levels can be lowered down when flaxseeds are included in the diet. Men in particular can receive the benefits for lower cholesterol levels. People who aren’t able to take Lipitor can achieve lower cholesterol levels by eating flaxseeds.
Blood sugar can benefit from eating flaxseeds. The glycemic control in obese people can be improved with pre-diabetes.
However, even though flaxseeds have proven to be a great source of healthy nutrition, doctors do not recommend it to people that suffer from bowel obstruction or women who are pregnant. The ones suffering from bowel obstruction should avoid flaxseeds because it contains high levels of fiber, and the pregnant women are advised to avoid flaxseeds because of the estrogen-like properties.
There is a possibility of side effects that may occur with consuming flaxseeds; things like Bloating, Constipation, Stomach pains, Flatulence and Diarrhea.