A lot of people consider flax seeds as one of the strongest plant-based foods of the world. There is plenty of evidence that shows that these seeds are capable of reducing one’s vulnerability to critical ailments such as heart diseases, cancer, stroke, and diseases. This is quite magnificent when you consider the fact that this happens to be a tiny seed that has been there for eons. It is said that flax seed was cultivated as far back as 3000 BC in Babylon. King Charlemagne was a major believer in its believers and had enacted laws making it mandatory for his subjects to eat them.
What does modern research say about flax seeds?
It has been around 1300 years since the edict of Charlemagne. Scientists say that now there is enough research being done at a preliminary level to suggest that Charlemagne was right all along. Flaxseed can be found in almost all kinds of foods these days such as crackers, oatmeal, and frozen waffles to name a few. As per the estimates of Flax Council in 2010 around 300 new products based on flax were launched in Canada and the United States of America (USA). In the last few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for flaxseed.
Increased agricultural usage of flax seeds
Flax seeds are also being used a greater deal in other fields such as agriculture and poultry. For example, flaxseed is used to feed chickens so that they can lay eggs that have greater amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed normally has different kinds of healthy nutrients but there are three that stand out and give it the fame that it so richly deserves. One of them is Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These are good fats that are known to have good effects on your heart.
The nutritional value of flax seeds
One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains around 1.8 grams of plant Omega-3s. The second important element in this regard would be Lignan. This nutrient possesses both anti-oxidizing and plants estrogen qualities. The Lignan content of flax seed is around 75 to 800 times greater than that any other plant-based food in the world. Fiber is the third most important nutrient present in flax seeds. These seeds have both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Health benefits of flax
According to Lilian Thompson, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and an internationally renowned researcher on flax seed, hailing from University of Toronto there is no conclusive evidence as such regarding the health benefits of flax seeds. Research has however shown that flax is capable of reducing risks of certain kinds of cancer apart from lung diseases and other heart-related ailments. In fact, recent research has proven that it can prove to be effective against diseases such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.