Flaxseed is rich in Omega 3 - Alpha Linolenic Acid, ALA is an Essential Fatty Acid - EFA's are fatty acids that fight inflammation. Inflammation is now thought to play a key role in many chronic diseases.
Flax is High in Fiber - Fiber * helps stabilize blood sugar and promotes proper functioning of the intestines.
Flax is richer in Lignans than any other plant source. Lignans are natural chemical compounds found in plants that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation. In our bodies, oxidation refers to oxygen interacting with living tissue. Oxidative stress is believed to contribute to a wide range of diseases. Lignans have antioxidants that deactivate extremely reactive atoms and molecules called free radicals. Free radicals destabilize other molecules, create more free radicals and contribute to aging and disease. Once in our intestines, lignans convert to substances that quench free radicals, balance hormones and help prevent disease.
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Flax has significance for vegetarians relying on plant sources to meet their daily protein requirements.
* Flax is a high fiber food - for optimum effectivity, drink adequate amounts of water when consuming.
Flaxseed is an excellent source of healthy fats, lignans, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, protein and contains many essential amino acids. Health Canada has established a Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) for Omega 3 ALA essential fatty acids of 0.5 percent of total energy. That is equivalent to 1 to 2 tablespoons per day, per adult.
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