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The Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Posted Nov 17 2010 4:59pm

Flaxseed provides many benefits for the body’s systems due to its richness in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that can contribute to lower cholesterol levels, decreased inflammation in joints, and constipation relief.

Cholesterol

Incorporating flaxseeds into your diet may decrease bad cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure levels. Flaxseeds naturally contain lignin, which supplies the body with fiber to reduce the amount of bile reabsorbed in the intestines by acting as a receptor to the harmful cholesterol in the body. The lignin and ALA content in flaxseeds work together to lower cholesterol levels and block more harmful cholesterol from being absorbed.

Inflammation

Another health benefit of flaxseeds is their ability to counter inflammation associated with certain health conditions. The omega-3 fatty acids in the flax limit inflammatory reactions, thus reducing inflammation in the joints, skin and kidneys. The omega-3 fatty acids also serve as catalysts for the absorption of iodine, which is helpful for improving breast health.

Digestive Health

The high content of compact fiber in flaxseed is also effective for reducing bloating and pain in the digestive system. After the flaxseed is ingested, it is not broken down in the body, making the stool bulkier and easier for the body to excrete. It is important to ingest the flaxseed with adequate amounts of fluids in order to eliminate waste more efficiently through the bowels.

Incorporating a serving of flaxseeds into your daily diet will offer a variety of health benefits for your body’s systems. For more information on digestive health, visit: http://www.dreliaz.org/recommends-condition-digestive.

Yours in good health,

Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac., M.S.

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