Health Benefits of Flax Seed

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Flax was originally cultivated in ancient Egypt; since then it has become a popular crop in areas of the world with similar arid environments. The flax seed is known for its medicinal properties and for being high in fiber. Many people add flax seeds to their cereal or granola for an additional boost of fiber, or to take advantage of the other health benefits they offer.


Flax seeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid. This is in the same group as the fatty acids found in fish oils, and they are responsible for many of the health benefits of flax seeds.


The ALA in flax seeds helps to reduce inflammation in the body's joints. This is especially important for people suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis, and it helps to relieve pressure on arterial walls caused by the inflammation.

Heart Disease

The ALA omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds help to prevent blood clotting in arteries. This reduces the risk of heart attack and heart disease by allowing blood to flow with less constriction.

Bone Health

Flax seeds help to prevent bone damage and bone loss. The ALA in the flax seeds strengthens bones and prevents bone turnover.


Flax seeds are also very high in fiber. This helps to prevent constipation, lower cholesterol in the body, and it also helps prevent cancer cells from attacking the colon.


Flax seeds have a good amount of magnesium in them as well. Magnesium is a mineral that reduces blood pressure and keeps airways relaxed and open, making it important to those suffering from asthma.

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