Benefits of the Lowly Flax Seed
Research studies on flax confirm what people have known for many generations – flax is an amazing nutritional food source.
Recently, however, researchers at the Pearlman School of Medicine disclosed how they’d discovered that the lowly flax seed could offer protection from radiation! Their study, published in BioMed Central Cancer in June of 2011, initially used mice. The research concluded that seeds from flax protect even to the point of repairing human tissue, once exposed. They can even save lives.
The research focused on the ability of flax to defend lung tissues before the mice were exposed and its ability to repair the lung tissue after being exposed.
The research team followed the study up with a clinical study on humans who were getting radiation treatment for cancer. Their study is intended to help cancer patients survive radiation treatment and even thrive, like the mice did.
Unfortunately, cancer treatments are just one way people get exposed to radiation. Radiation is all around us – especially in the northern hemispheres. Fukushima anyone? were exposed and its ability to repair the lung tissue after being exposed. What Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou and his fellow researchers discovered amazed them. They found that mice fed with flax, both before and after exposure to radiation, survived even lethal doses of it, apparently unscathed. They weighed more, and they had minimal inflammation of the lungs – a common problem among patients treated with radiation therapy. In contrast, many of the mice that got no flax, died.
Add to that the vaporized depleted uranium (DU) that is used for weaponry designed to pierce armor. The Middle East has been buried in it, but don’t imagine we are not affected. Between Fukashima and DU, the northern hemisphere is continually bombarded with the stuff. When you add ionizing radiation from CT scans, medical X-rays, and airport scanner checks, you can see that cumulatively, we can get a lot of exposure.
So we now know they’re good for us, but we also know that flax is hard on the tummy. Digesting them can be a real chore. Enzymes are biological catalysts and nutrients that help to eliminate toxins from the body, new tissue construction, as well as construction of skin, bone, muscles, nerve cells and gland tissues. When you sprout EasyGreen’s golden flax, you’re getting a full supplement of enzymes, proteins, Omega 3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
Here is a list of things that the lowly sprouted flax offers and why it’s worth it to supplement with flax sprouts:
• Reduces cholesterol
• Aids in reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and in absorbing triglycerides
• Helps fight diabetes
• Lowers blood sugar levels because of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) and lignans
• With its 32% of recommended dietary allowance, flax helps regularity of bowel movements and helps fight constipation
• Its high lignin and Omega-3 EFA content helps protect from cancers, especially colon, prostate, and breast cancer.
• Flax seed phytoestrogens act as a natural hormone therapy, helping to stabilize and also reduce annoying menopause symptoms.
• According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with its Omega-3 EFAs and soluble fiber, flax helps to reduce inflammation disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Don’t you think it’s worth a try?