Flaxseed is rich in the important omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty
acids, like that found in salmon and other fish. As a general essential
fatty acid (EFA) supplement, Flaxseed Oil or Seed is a nutritive food.
Essential fatty acids are critical in the production of prostaglandins.
In the body prostaglandins help regulate fat metabolism, inflammatory response,
hormones, as well as the cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems.
Many physicians warn that modern diets may be too rich in Omega-6 fatty
acids and depleted of Omega-3's, which can contribute to health concerns.
To restore the proper Omega-6 / Omega-3 balance, some doctors recommend
dietary supplementation of Omega-3 rich flax oil. Flaxseeds are the most
abundant source of natural compounds which can be converted by bacteria
in the digestive system to lignans, unique, natural compounds which demonstrate
impressive health benefits.
Symptoms of Deficiency or Need:
Benefits include positive effects in relieving menopausal hot flashes,
as well as anticancer, anti-bacterial, antifungical, and anti viral activity.
It is considered a curative in hardening of the arteries and elevated cholesterol
levels. Other benefits are for allergies, cardiovascular health, cholesterol
levels, circulation, eczema, eyesight, immune function, learning ability,
nerve problems, osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, viral illness, weight
management, diabetes, blood pressure, inflammation, psoriasis, multiple
sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, acne, dry skin, energy levels, PMS, mood
swings, and liver problems.
Studies around the world have shown the benefits of using flaxseed
oil showing impressive results including greatly boosting the immune system,
anti-tumor activity, normalized blood pressure levels and inhibition of
cancer cell growth. According to Dr. Johanna Budwig, a Biochemist and blood
specialist who has been treating cancer of all kinds with Flaxseed Oil
for over 16 years, people with cancer have blood that is low in Omega 3
and Omega 6 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil is 56% Omega 3 and 16% Omega 6. Accordingly,
most people have blood that is 80% deficient in Omega 3. Dr. Budwig has
taken patients sometimes with little time left to live and restored them
Doctors had attempted to treat patients with sources of Omega 3 but
had not been consistently successful. Dr. Budwig's research found that
in order for these fatty acids to be fully available to the body, they
must be tied to a sulfur based protein; the best natural source of which
is cottage cheese (or MSM supplements). Depending on the severity of the
condition she had her patients use 3 to 6 tablespoons of Flaxseed oil a
day, with at least 4 oz or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese per day. She found
that a yellowish green substance in their blood was replaced with a healthy
red pigment, hemoglobin. She also found that the tumors receded and disappeared,
anemia was alleviated, and vital energy was regained.
It took about 3 months for the changes to occur. During that time the
symptoms of cancer, diabetes, or liver disease also disappeared. There
are thousands of testimonials from former cancer sufferers that have been
cured using Dr. Johanna Budwig’s approach to treatment.
Oil or seed: 1-6 tablespoons per day.
Notes: Always prepare the seed fresh, by grinding it
when you want it. Don't grind
more than you'll use at a time as the EFA's in flaxseed are fragile
and go rancid quickly.
Flax oil is also very unstable and very susceptible to going rancid.
Store flax oil
or ground flax seeds in a refrigerator for no more than 3 months. Flax
not be exposed to heat. It has not yet been determined if there are
effects of exposing flax seed to heat. Many people with egg allergies
flax as an egg substitute when making breads, etc. Mix with water and
bring to a boil,
you should get a thick gelatinous mass that binds flours together like
Probably best is to just add the ground seed or oil to foods after
they are prepared,
such as on a salad, over vegetables, pasta, or on top of cereals.
Where can you get it?
Buy fresh seed or oil at a health food store or grocery store.