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Flaxseed

Flaxseed

Rich in Alpha Linolenic Acid [ALA]

  • Flaxseeds are rich in the short-chain omega acid Alpha Linolenic Acid [ALA]. It was this omega-3 essential fatty acid that was a major component of the Lyon Diet Heart Study which looked at the benefits of the Mediterranean [Cretan] Diet. ALA can also be converted [elongated] to EPA/DHA the omega-3’s found in fish oil.

Lignan Rich

  • Flaxseed is also rich in lignans and through bowel bacteria conversion to enterolactone and enterodiol helps to decrease the risk of both prostate and breast cancer62,63.
  • Lignan rich fibre has been shown to decrease insulin resistance61.
  • Insulin resistance is an early marker for diabetes and can result in numerous hormonal problems. Insulin resistance can also result in increased cholesterol and triglycerides i.e. a mixed hyperlipidaemia. Lignans thus have the potential to lower these lipids and decrease cardiovascular risk.

What you should know

Flaxseed does contain cyanogenic glycosides compounds and so you should limit your daily intake to 2 tablespoons per day or less. One tablespoon a day should suffice.
Flaxseeds and sesame seeds are among the richest known sources of lignans.

Free Tutorial:Lignans

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