Flax, Superfood of Hippocrates
“Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” – Hippocrates.
Flax seeds are an incredible super food and one of the original foods recommended by Hippocrates. The best plant source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), Flaxseed is also an excellent source of soluble (viscous) and insoluble fibers, lignans (a phytoestrogen found to help protect against certain cancers), high quality protein and potassium. Because of the soluble fiber component in Flaxseed, various researchers have also revealed that Flax can modestly reduce both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol values. Flax seed contains lignans that are reputed to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties.
Flax seeds have the richest source of lignans, 100 times more than the next best source, wheat bran. The majority of lignans is found in the seed, giving it an advantage over Flax oil. Flax seed also contains lecithin which emulsifies fat and cholesterol. These little seeds improve digestion, help stabilize blood glucose levels and enhance cardiovascular health.