Flax Seeds and ground Flax Seed powder have long been considered one of the most powerful plant foods in existence. Although both provide the same health benefits, whole Flax Seeds are not completely broken down during the digestion process, which decreases some of the positive effects. Flax Seed powder contains high levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are good heart-healthy fats. It also contains high levels of Lignans which possess antioxidant qualities, and both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Studies suggest that Flax Seed may also protect against various common types of cancer. Flax Seed contains the Omega-3 Fatty Acid known as "ALA," which has been shown to minimize the formation and growth of tumors in animals. The plant Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in Flax Seed are also beneficial for the cardiovascular system by acting as an anti-inflammatory, and decreasing blood pressure and blood clots. These anti-inflammatory properties also help with inflammation associated with numerous other illnesses.
Flax Seed is not known to have serious side effects, but may cause discomfort to those with gastrointestinal problems. As with most dietary supplements, pregnant women should avoid Flax Seed due to its potential hormonal effects.
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