Healthy Living With Dr. Genti

Benefits of Flax Seed

flaxseed_oilFlax seed content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon.

Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. Other benefits show that flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure.

It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack. Other Benefits of Flax seed Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flax seed is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type phytoestrogen (antioxidant) and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flax seed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease — including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer.

It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer. Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Colitis).

Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. Moderately include flax seed in your diet. Indeed, a lot of food products contain flax seed such as bread, cereal and bakery goods.

Bakers may use flax seed flour or include flax seed in baking. Ways to include flax seed in home cooking Sprinkle ground flax seed on your cereal and salads. Substitute flax seed mixture for eggs in home baking such as muffin and pancake (1 tbsp milled flax seed, plus 3 tbsp water = 1 egg). Final products will have less volume and taste gummier Include in other recipe when nutty flavor is preferred Substitute flax seed oil for other oils Don’t use flax seed oil as a cooking oil Enjoy the Good health

( adapt by Gloria Tsang , RD)

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