Flax Seed – How To Use For Prevention Of Some Types Of Cancer

Some call it the one of the most powerful plant foods in the world. There are two types of flaxseeds, brown and gold, but there are equal amounts of vitamins and minerals found in both. These seeds are given to chickens to produce special eggs rich in omega 3 fats.

Flax seeds beside the high nutritious, have some medicinal properties. The people are used to treat dozens of different diseases, but the flax seed is not a remedy for every disease.

People have a tendency to exaggerate the properties of natural foods, because of that we will address this text to the evidence from the world of medicine and nutrition.

Nutritional value -- calories

100 grams of seeds = 534 calories

Fat: 42g (65% of the recommended daily value)

Saturated Fat: 4g (18%)

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0g

Salt: 30 mg (1%)

Carbohydrate: 29g (10%)

Fiber: 27g (109%)

Sugars: 2g

Protein: 18g

The most common vitamins and minerals

Vitamin B1: 1.6mg (110%)

Vitamin B2: 0.2 mg (9%)

Vitamin B3: 3.1mg (15%)

Vitamin B6: 0.5 mg (24%)

Vitamin K: 4.3mcg (5%)

Folic Acid: 87.0mcg (22%)

Calcium: 255mg (26%)

Iron: 5.7 mg (32%)

Magnesium: 392mg (98%)

Phosphorus: 642mg (64%)

Potassium: 813mg (23%)

Zinc: 4.3mg (29%)

Copper: 1.2mg (61%)

Manganese: 2.5mg (124%)

Selenium: 25.4mcg (36%)

In addition to the above mentioned vitamins and minerals, flax seed is rich in fiber and it also contains substances which are called lignans, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

It is also a good source of omega 3 fats, but it is not better than the fish oil because the omega-3 from plant sources must be converted in the body, and the good part of it will be lost in the conversion.

Regardless to that, it is clear that flax seed is one of the healthiest foods in the world.

How to add the flax seed in your diet?

You can enrich your diet with flax seeds just with a little effort and in many different ways:

  • Buy grinded flax seed or grind it yourself (when you can eat the whole seeds of the flax, most of it passes through the intestine undigested than you will not be able to get all of the health benefits. For grinding, you can use an electric coffee grinder.)
  • Add flax seed in the meals that you usually eat (yogurt, oatmeal, and even soup)
  • Use it when baking (as an additive to flour for bread, cakes, pancakes or muffins)
  • Keep the seeds in the fridge (full seeds retain freshness and nutritional value, but the minced flax seed should be kept at cold temperature)

Which of the medicinal properties of the flaxseed are proved?

Although the flax was cultivated since 5000 years ago, scientific research for its properties is still going on. However, for some properties there are solid evidences.

For heart health

It is proven that the flax seed lowers the cholesterol level about 10%. Therefore, it is recommended to people who are at risk of a heart attack, because high cholesterol can lead to blockage of the blood vessels.

For people whose cholesterol was slightly elevated, it is always better to use natural remedies instead of medications because natural remedies have no side effects if they are used properly.

The prevention of some types of cancer

1.Flax seeds reduce the risk of breast cancer. This was discovered by a rather large study, which was conducted in Canada on 2999 women with breast cancer and 3370 healthy women. Those women who ate flax seeds or ground seeds or used the flax seed as a supplement in bread were much more resistant to breast cancer.

2.Another type of cancer that flax seed has a positive effect on is the prostate cancer. In one study, 161 men whit prostate cancer were observed. Men who ate flax seed 30 days before the prostate surgery had much weaker development of cancer. Linseed slows the growth of prostate cancer.

3.The third type of cancer which the flax seed fights against is the colon cancer.

To avoid any misconceptions, it is important to note that flax seed is not sufficient enough to cure the cancer by itself, but it is useful as a supplement to fight against cancer or to ensure that you do not get cancer.

For diabetics

Flax seeds improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity in diabetics. If you have diabetes, add any ground seeds in yogurt, oatmeal or flour for the making of bread or rolls.

Alleviate menopausal problems

Flax seed might be good for alleviating menopausal problems such as chest pain or night sweats, constipation and inflammation in the body. There is some evidence for these claims, but they are not sufficiently extensive for now.

What is NOT treated with flax seed?

No matter how tempting is to believe that flaxseed is a miraculous cure-all, you should be reasonable. No food alone can cure dozens of diseases.

Flax seed does NOT treat: osteoporosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), irritable bowel, heartburn, flu nor cold.

source: http://www.goodmorningcenter.com