Flaxseed Is Not a Magic Pill For Health But Is a Super Food
Flaxseed is a superfood. But superfoods are not a magic pill for good health, just excellent things to add to build a healthier and more balanced diet and lifestyle. Medical science is just now getting an idea of all of the health benefits of flaxseed. There are still more questions than definitive answers, but what is known is that adding flaxseed to the diet will add whole grain and through that, fiber, and essential fatty acids to the diet, and that alone makes flaxseed a great choice for improved health.
Flaxseed has 3 major components that are known to be big hitters for health. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, aka ALAs, lignans, and fiber. These components, singly, and often even more so in conjunction, offer a multitude of benefits.
The word “essential” in front of a chemical, when used in conjunction with the human body, means that it is necessary for regular health and growth. They are essential to the human diet because the human body needs them, but does not make them for itself. Omega-3’s are among these chemicals for humans.
Omega-3’s have long been known to improve cardiovascular health. Recent studies continue to support this. Omega-3’s, combined with the lignans and fiber in flaxseed, decrease LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. Omega-3’s are anti-inflammatory in nature, and may work alongside flaxseed amino acids to improve blood pressure as well. The anti-inflammatory actions are complex and not entirely understood, but it appears that they prevent hardening of the arteries by keeping white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel walls. The lignans reduce hardening of the arteries as well. Flaxseed, through omega-3 action, may also have an impact on irregular heartbeat problems and heart failure, but more research is necessary to investigate these findings further.
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