Flax Seed

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Cultivated in Babylon in 3000 BC, flax seed has a strong history. In fact, King Charlemagne of the 8th century required his subjects to consume flax seed because of its strong health benefits.

Found in many different kinds of foods, the demand for flax seed has increased dramatically since 2010. The demand didn’t just go up for consumers, but for agricultural use as well. It is used to feed livestock to produce meat and eggs with high omega-3 fatty acid content.

Flax seed contains many healthy ingredients, but its most notable ones include:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids
  • Lignans
  • Fiber

Varieties

Flax seed comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. The variety of flax seed includes:

  • Flax seed
  • Ground Flax seed
  • Milled Flax seed
  • Golden Flax seed
  • Brown Flax seed
  • Flax meal

Benefits

Recent studies have shown that flax seed may reduce the risk of certain cancers, lung disease and cardiovascular disease.

The nutritional content of flax seed may prevent the development of cancer, particularly breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

The omega 3 fatty acids that are found in flax seed inhibit the growth of tumors. The lignans may also provide some protection against cancer and do not interfere with breast cancer medications. Recent studies have suggested that exposure to lignans at an early age may reduce the risk of breast cancer later on in life. Lignans prevent the development of cancer by:

  • Disabling the growth and spread of tumor cells.
  • Blocking enzymes that metabolize hormones.

Flax seed may protect the body from developing serious health issues such as:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Hot flashes

Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Omega 3 essential fatty acids are frequently referred to as “good fats”. This specific type of fatty acid has been proven to be very beneficial to heart health.

One tablespoon of ground flax seed contains approximately 1.8 grams of omega-3s.

Lignans

Containing both estrogen and antioxidants, lignans are highly concentrated in flax seeds. In fact, flax seed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant-based foods.

Lignans are chemical compounds that are found in plants. They are capable of interfering with estrogen and the cancer promoting effects it has on breast tissue.

Fiber

Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble types of fiber.

Flax seed is a good fiber to take. It is a great dietary fiber blend and contains many beneficial omega oils. Other good natural sources of fiber, that can be taken alone or blended together, include:

  • Irish Moss
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Guar Gum
  • Acacia Gum
  • Apple Pectin
  • Glucomannon (Konjak root)
  • Pamita
  • Fennel seed
  • Citrus pectin
  • Oats

Flax Oil

Experts claim that it is better to consume flax seed than flax oil so that all the components are digested. When eaten whole, flax seed is less likely to be digested. Ground flax seed supplies the body with the most nutrients.

Uses

The great thing about flax seed is that it is very easy to add into a diet. It has a mild and nutty flavor and it can be added to many different types of foods.

Start by adding several tablespoon of ground flax seed to certain foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies or soup. Since most flax seeds are brown in color it is best to add flax seed to darkly colored foods such as sauces.

Flax seed can also be used in baking. Ground flax seed can substitute for flour in most recipes.

If the flax seed is pre-ground, it is best to store it in the freezer. The cold air will keep it from oxidizing and losing its nutrients.

Whole flax seed will last longer because the outside shell keeps the fatty acids intact. Keep the whole flax seeds in a cool and dry place so that it can last for up to a year.

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Related Questions

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    Q: Several people in the conscious community have stated that adding flax seeds and/or flax seed powder to our diet benefits the colon for complete and clean bowel movements. My question is, does flax seed powder or the seeds themselves promote parasites in the stomach and colon? A few of my friends and I have completed the parasite cleanse and got into a debate about it. Thank you very much, Hotep!

    A:

    Flax seed undoubtedly helps the colon (due to fiberous nature) but it is absurd to think or suggest that flax seeds (in any form) promotes parasites. Meat, dairy, refined grains and other processed foods is what promotes parasites in the stomach, colon, and rest of the body. So, as Public Enemy would say: "Don't believe the hype!"

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    Q: I usually take a few supplements a day.... vitamin E, flax, vitamin c, and calcium/magnesium. I am wondering if they are still necessary to take while on a raw food diet and the anti viral cleanse?

    A:

    NO, you don't need to take anything additionally while on the Anti-Viral kit and regimen.

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    Q: Could you please tell me if you recommend castor oil or black currant seed oil to be used with the PARASITE FORMULA and at what quantity ( 1 tsp or more?) Also, can you tell me your thoughts bad and good on black currant seed oil? And does either of these oils ingested cause weight gain because of the fatty content? Just trying to get a better understanding of these oils and the benefits and drawbacks of them.

    A:

    Go with castor oil over black currant seed. These oils don't induce weight gain!

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    Q: My teenage son constantly has joint cracking. I've been giving him a combination of Flax, Borage and Primrose oil and a superfood w/Alga, Spirulina. What would you recommend?

    A:

    Joint cracking can be treated with olive oil (1 teaspoon per day) or the oils you mentioned below, MSM Sulfur, Joint Formula and Calcium Formula, Black Cherry Juice concentrate (1 teaspoon added to cup of water, 2-3 times weekly); bathe in hot water, sea salt (1-2 boxes); and start stretching/moving the joints.

    Change his diet - more fruits and green veggies! Cut out or cut down on the meat, dairy, refined grains and starches.

    There is healing and hope for your son!

    Peace and Love!

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    Q: I just ordered the FULL BODY DETOX and I know there's a dietary regimen that I will have to follow. I was wondering if you would approve of a protein shake that consist of (raw hemp protein powder, raw almond butter, sea salt, flax seed, 100% young coconut water & meat inside the coconut, raw carob powder,) (optional soy or rice milk or soy or rice cream)

    A:

    Doesn't sound like it will mess up your FULL BODY DETOX. Go for it! But leave out the rice/soy cream! The rice milk is okay (but it is processed/cooked)!

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    Q: I recently purchased your Parasite and Worm Kit and wanted to know what grains were good to eat during or after the cleanse. I eat Bulgur, brown rice, black rice, couscous, gold and brown flax seed and ground provisions i.e. yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnips and etc. Are these ok to eat during the Parasite and Worm Kit or after? Is apple cider or balsamic vinegar ok for consumption? My Queen and I look forward to removing all the parasites form our temple and projecting the increased vibration. Continue to shine the light.

    A:

    Stay RAW while removing the parasites! If you stay mostly RAW, then on a few days you can engage yourself in some of the foods you mention below (maybe once a week)! But RAW is best! Apple Cider Vinegar is the BEST vinegar to use!

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    Q: I'm preparing to make the hemp seed infant milk recipe. Would I need to add Moringa Seed and/or Iodine Phosphate to your recipies? Also, could I freeze this Hemp seed milk and use later?

    A:

    Yes, add Moringa and Iodine Phosphate to it (for nutritional purposes). And yes, you could freeze it the milk and use later, though fresh is always best.

    Product Links:
    Moringa Seed Extract
    Iodine Extract

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    Q: You said to get the FULL BODY DETOX and milk thistle seed tea for someone with hepatitis C, but on your site I don't see the milk thistle seed tea listed under hepatitis C, one more thing would you take the same for hep. C as you would for hep. A or B, I am just trying to be sure before I get this started.

    A:

    FOLLOW THE ADVICE IN THE ARTICLE AS WELL. PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST AND THEN CONTINUE WITH THE MAINTENANCE FORMULAS (LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FORMULA, VITAMIN C FORMULA, ETC.). HOWEVER, THE MILK THISTLE TEA IS GREAT FOR ALL LIVER CONDITIONS AND HEPATITIS FALLS IN THIS CATEGORY. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THE HEPATITIS IS A, B, OR C. IT'S A PROBLEM WITH THE LIVER AND SO THE LIVER NEEDS TO BE CLEANSED AND DETOXIFIED.

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    Q: Dear Sir, I was told that you were going to be sending me an email about my situation. I've wrote you a few times giving you bits and pieces of information it seems. I was asking one of your representatives about surgery and from the information I gave him he seems to think that I didn't give you all the information that I should have. Well about 13 years ago a lump formed in my breast after my 4th child was born. For years it's just been there. In 2005, after a mammogram they found calcifications in my breast. They did a biopsy and it came back fine. Six months later they decided that they wanted to remove the lump and when they did they found a small tumor. Since then I've taken herbs and God completely healed me. Well after another six months the lump came back but I didn't want any more surgery so I looked up poultice in my "Back to Eden" book and found a poultice that I used. I mixed flax seed meal, yellow corn meal, and funnelgreek tea together and left the poultice on my breast overnight for three nights. My breast began to get sensitive so I stopped using it. About a week later I noticed that the ducted around my nipple was indented, soon after that my nipple itself went inward, then after that I noticed what I thought was another lump in my breast but over a short period of time the lump extended from my armpit to my nipple. Now that whole area is hard and red. I got an ultrasound done and it revealed that I have swelling and cystic form in my breast. They want to do a biopsy but I am against it from what happened last time. Now I have pain in my arm also and at night I can barely sleep. I am at my wits end and don't know what to do except maybe go ahead and let me cut my breast. I have started your Detox program and I know it's working on my body but I don't want if it's doing anything for my swollen tissue inside my breast. I have lost my concentration because I'm constantly reminded about my breast because of the pain. I am a full time student but I'm thinking about dropping out of my classes until this issue is resolved because I can't focus on anything but the pain right now. I went a different doctor on 10/27/08 and they did a cvc (whatever that is) looking for an infection inside my body. The test came back normal, but my scheduled ultrasound is not for another week and I've told them that I'm in pain and need something done now. But they said that's the first available time.

    A:

    It appears the pain is just too unbearable for you and as such you may have to give in to the surgery in order to get immediate but short term relief. I had a friend who experienced what you experienced and the pain was so unbearable she couldn't sleep. I felt for her and I feel for you. I think you must do what is necessary for elimination or reduction of pain first and foremost. The FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) is helping your swollen tissues, but it seems you mind is so distracted that you are in doubt mode and doubt is the subconscious will to fail. If you know you can't do what you need to do (naturally) to deal with this situation, do what you must for present day relief. You have free will here, Beloved! Please use FEMALE BREAST OIL and Drink FEMALE HEALTH TEA during your FBD.

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    Q: Members of my house have started drinking Hemp Milk and Rice Milk. No more Cow Milk! We like the taste of both. I also like the fact that the hemp milk has omega and other nutrients in it. However, my son is three years old and we have discovered he is allergic to nuts because a family member gave him a cashew to eat, then his eyes began to swell up like Garfield the cat. I had him tested for food allergies and the test revealed he is allergic to nuts and soy. So I don't give him any nut products or soy products. My question for you is: "Is hemp a nut or a seed, is the hemp milk derived from a nut or a seed???" I need to know other alternatives if in fact it is a nut. I do not want to give him something toxic to him.

    A:

    Hemp is a seed, not a nut, so hemp seed milk is okay for him.

    Nuts cashews - peanuts, soy

    Grains - rice, oats

    Fruit - almond, coconut, banana, date

    Hey, I'll do an article that will be up on Dherbs early next week!

    Peace and Love!

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    Q: I recently started a natural breast enhancement routine. I am using fenugreek seed, mint tea, and licorice. After I purchased the licorice, I noticed you can only take it for 4 - 6 weeks. I think maybe I should be taking something for 3 months. Should I get something different such as red clover, and saw palmetto to take with fenugreek, or stick with the licorice for the 6 weeks to see what happens any advice is greatly appreciated!

    A:

    Saw palmetto berries would be the best thing to take. Read our free articles. We have some articles that touch on this subject!

    Article:
    The Superficiality of Breast Implants

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    Q: I am looking for a good nutritional supplement for my 3-year-old son. I saw both your IODINE EXTRACT and your MORINGA SEED EXTRACT reading they are the best for your child's overall nutritional need. Which one do you recommend?

    A:

    They both are best! You could choose either one. I'd personally probably go with MORINGA SEED EXTRACT, as my 18 months of age son loves Moringa Seed Extract.

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    Q: Question what do you think about the fenugreek seed herb and what is it good for?

    A:

    Fenugreek is one of my favorite herbs. As it is yellowish in color, it is great for liver complaints. It is also great for all mucus conditions and works great with mullein leaf and comfrey root for all mucus conditions and respiratory complaints.

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    Q: I purchased Children's Elixir, Moringa Seed, Iodine, and Calcium extracts for my 6 month old son. I dont take him out that often, I need a Vitamin D Extract, or Multivitamin Extract. Do you think I need anything else, other than the products I mentioned above?

    A:

    The best thing for the child is Khemetian Gold (which is liquid), Moringa Extract, and Iodine Phosphate Extract. These are all liquid! you can find them on our site under "Children's Extracts."

    Article:
    CHILDREN'S EXTRACTS

    Product Links:
    Khemetian Gold
    Moringa Seed Extract
    Iodine Extract

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    Q: How I can use black seed to cure genital herpes or genital warts? Please let me know asap. p.s. I want a all natural cure that gets rid of it forever!

    A:

    Black seed won't cure herpes. It can only help to heal but it won't heal the disease. Please read our articles on herpes i.e. "GENITAL HERPES (HSVII)" and "IS GENTIAL HERPES REALLY CURABLE?"!

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    Q: What do you think of Hemp Seed Oil?

    A:

    Hemp seed is nutritious!

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    Q: What can I take to increase my milk? I'm only getting maybe a tsp now I've tried blessed thistle, fenugreek and now I'm trying fennel seed. Please help.

    A:

    Please read our article â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILK†Very detailed and informative!!! You'll enjoy! Peace and Love

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    Q: Today is day 14 of my FULL BODY DETOX Journey. About 70% of my upper body is covered in red, painful eczema. I have been taking the sea salt baths but the peroxide on my face stings so I haven't continued doing it. I am trying to stay positive on this journey amidst the difficulty of walking around with red rashly peeling skin and painful, uncomfortable nights. I’m wondering where I go from here. I have 3 colonics line up this week and am trying to be even more diligent and have added wheatgrass and some flax evening primrose to my regimen. Should I expect that on my last day of this detox I will be covered in eczema and upon finishing the herbs it will go away? I just want to set realistic expectations for once the process is complete. I plan on maintaining a primarily fruit and vegetable diet after this and continuing with the juicing, etc. Is the detox process one where you go until the symptoms go away? meaning should I purchase another kit and continue instead of stopping at the 20 day mark? or is there a more mild method that I can use after the detox is complete?

    A:

    Healing takes time so please take things one day at a time, Beloved! Live in the moment! Don't worry about the future and future outcomes! Live in the day (today)! If the peroxide burns stop using it. Have you tried the HEALING SKIN OIL, Beloved? No matter how frustrating, STAY POSITIVE! There is great wisdom in pain and irritation! Expectations? get rid of them because if you don't get what you expect you will be disappointed. Detox and then take a brief break and just rely on food. After you detox (FBD) try the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSEand perform it 2-4 times straight if you can afford it. Have you read our â€ECZEMA†article? Don't forget to drink plenty of vegetable juice!

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    Q: I have stopped my male pattern baldness with herbs, but I cannot grow anything back. I've tried everything. Now I am using jojoba oil mixed with grape seed oil with thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, and lavender essential oil, will this help in growth, any suggestions?

    A:

    Yes! But take something internally as well, i.e.HAIR-SKIN-NAILS, VITAMIN C, and MSM SULFUR.

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    Q: Hi Dherbs, I am a breast cancer survivor for 4 yrs now, my second time around with cancer. I have been taking a low dosage of chemo for the last 4 years, is there something I can use to make sure I am in good health from all the medications taken daily? Thanks for your time in this matter.

    A:

    Simply detox (FULL BODY DETOX) periodically, like every 4 months!