I really love flax, since my health obsessed mom turned me onto the mini packets, I put them in my smoothies every day, and even use them to cook. I only use flax seed flour to bake with and eggs, water, and oats as a substitute for dough.
First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular.
Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
Third, (and the most important benefit of flax) is that it contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.[ via ]
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