Health Benefits of Flaxseed

“And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Gen 1:12
Flaxseed also known as linseed is produced from the flax plant and has many medicinal properties.
Flaxseed Benefits
 Internally, it is used for asthma, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and stomach ulcers to name a few.
Externally, flaxseed is good to make poultices for boils, inflammation and tumors.
Key components of Flaxseed
Omega-3 fatty acids- Flaxseed is well-known for being a rich, plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. These are the “good” fats that the body needs but does not produce.
Omega-3s have a healthy effect on the heart by helping it to maintain a steady heartbeat. “They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation” (Harvard T.H. Chan, 2016, para. 2).
Omega-3s have also been found to be a brain superfood that lessens the effects of depression.
Lignans – Lignans are phytonutrients that have plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. They are involved in the prolonged life of cancer patients. 

Flaxseed is the #1 whole food source of lignans, containing 75 to 800 times more lignans than all other plants.

Fiber- Fiber is the part of plant food that our bodies cannot digest, yet it is necessary in that it acts as a catalyst to aid in the digestion and absorption of our food.

It slows the movement of digested material through our digestive tract and prevents constipation which can lead to health issues such as hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.

Helps & Improves
Breast, Prostate, & Colon CancerCardiovascular diseaseLung diseaseDiabetesHeart Disease & StrokeEczemaRheumatoid ArthritisHot Flashes
How to Use Flaxseed
Flaxseed can be used whole, ground, or as flax oil.
Take 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day.
Ground flaxseed is better than the whole flaxseed because when the seed is whole, it may pass through your digestive tract undigested causing you to miss out on some of the dietary benefits.
It can be used in baking, cooking, oatmeal, cereal, salad, or even as an egg substitute.
Simple Remedy For Constipation
If you are suffering from constipation, you can take one or two tablespoons of whole flaxseeds and swallow it with lots of water. The flax seeds will swell in your intestines, encouraging elimination by increasing the volume of your stool.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use flaxseed.Avoid flaxseed if you have diverticulitis or inflammation of the intestinesThe work of combining fruits, seeds, grains, and roots into wholesome foods, is the Lord’s work. In every place where a church has been established, let the church members walk humbly before God. Let them seek to enlighten the people with health reform principles.  {Counsels on Diet and Foods, 470.4} Remedies Encyclopedia, p.130)

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