Flax Seed – one of the most powerful medicinal foods

Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) — also known as common flax or linseeds — are small oil seeds that originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.

When I approached my local Naturopath for help with irregular periods, cramping and light acid reflux, he put me straight onto organic flax seed. I noticed a huge difference within a week and became very regular! The more I read about the benefits of this little seed the more I fall in love with it.

  1. high in omega 3 fatty acids to protect the heart, brain and cognitive function
  2. rich in dietary fiber which keeps you regular
  3. may reduce cancer cell growth and risk
  4. may improve skin health
  5. may improve inflamation
  6. they contain high quality protein
  7. may control blood sugar
  8. may lower blood pressure
  9. may assist in menopausal symptoms like hot flushes

Chemical composition of nutrient and phytochemicals in flaxseed

Nutrients/bioactive compoundsQuantity/100 g of seedNutrients/bioactive compoundsQuantity/100 g of seed
Carbohydratesa29.0 gBiotin6 mg
Protein20.0 gα-Tocopherolb7 mg
Total fats41.0 gδ-Tocopherolb10 mg
Linolenic acid23.0 gγ-Tocopherolb552 mg
Dietary fiber28.0 gCalcium236 mg
Lignans10–2,600 mgCopper1 mg
Ascorbic acid0.50 mgMagnesium431 mg
Thiamin0.53 mgManganese3 mg
Riboflavin0.23 mgPhosphorus622 mg
Niacin3.21 mgPotassium831 mg
Pyridoxin0.61 mgSodium27 mg
Pantothenic acid0.57 mgZinc4 mg
Folic acid112 mg

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