What are the benefits of Flaxseed?
Here at Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss we have always touted the benefits of Flaxseed and other soluble and insoluble fiber. Lately we have been really impressed with a nutritional supplement containing fibrous components such as flax seed, oat bran and wheat bran as well as fruit extracts such as grapefruit, apple, pineapple and orange. Although many of our patients have been reporting praises for the way they have been feeling, we wanted to look at some of the hard facts surrounding flaxseed.
Flaxseed has been around since 3000 BC! According to the Flax Council of Canada, King Charlemange of Babylon required his subjects to eat flaxseed. Even today, many people insist this is a Powerful food and the health benefits cannot be denied. Flax seed is found in many foods today – crackers, waffles, oatmeal, one can simply run a search on the internet to find many products that are now being produced with flaxseed.
There are many healthful component of flaxseed but there are three “stars”;
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids – these contain heart – healthy effects. (Alpha linolenic acid – ALA) – ALA is an Omega-3 that is the foundation of fatty acids found in salmon.
- Phytochemicals (Lignans) – This is an antioxidant. Lignans promote fertility, reduce Peri-menopausal symptoms and are said to help prevent breast cancer.
- Fiber – It is said that flaxseed has HUGE levels of cholesterol lowering fiber. Helping blood sugar and proper functioning of the intestines.
There are specific areas that flax are believed to greatly benefit;
Cancer – breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. The omega -3 fatty acid found in fllaxseed (ALA) has inhibited tumor growth in studies on animals. Lignans my help by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism. It is also believed to interfere with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
Cardiovascular Disease – Plant omega-3s help the anti-inflammatory mechanism and normalize the heartbeat. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure due to the omega-3 and amino acids in flaxseed. Many studies have shown flaxseed helps to prevent hardening of the arteries and fight plaque build up. Eating flaxseed may help your cholesterol levels.
Diabetes – Daily intake of lignans found in flaxseed may help improve blood sugar. (as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes)
There are other benefits of flaxseed, including but not limited to reduction of hot-flashes and general feeling of wellness!
Wow, with all of these amazing benefits, it is obvious why we are so attracted to flaxseed here at Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss Program! There are many different ways to make sure you receive flaxseed intake. The most important thing to remember is buy it ground or ground it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested and your body will miss all of the healthful components. You can add flaxseed to enchalada casserole, chicken parm, chili, beef stew etc. You can sprinkle on yogurt. There are also many receipes to use flaxseed in baking – breads, muffins, rolls etc.
Canadian flaxseed is the best in the world. Visit the Canadian Flax Council at flaxcouncil.ca for information and recipe ideas. We have been using a product here at Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss called Nopalina. This nutritional supplement containing fibrous components such as flax seed, oat bran and wheat bran as well as fruit extracts such as grapefruit, apple, pineapple and orange.
Besides the many benefits that you receive from the flax seed and fiber as mentioned above, Nopalina also contributes to weight loss. Fiber makes you feel full faster and for a longer period of time helping dieters avoid overeating. Nopalina also helps regulate your digestive system and this can be especially important for dieters concentrating on High Protein Low Carbohydrate Nutritional Plans.
Visit Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss and pick up a bottle of Nopalina Capsules Today.