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6 Incredible Health Benefits of Flax Seed

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6 Incredible Health Benefits of Flax Seed

Maximize your efforts in the gym by ensuring you’re always getting enough quality protein from your kitchen. Don't forget the oft-ignored fiber; it could help your weight loss efforts, too. Flaxseed is a quality source of both important dietary staples, and is available as tablets, powder, or oil. However, its status as a protein and fiber source is far from its only benefits. Here are six of the best benefits of consuming flaxseed.

It Lowers Blood Pressure

Roughly one in three Americans (68 million) has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A normal blood pressure reading is 120 over 80. If you consistently exceed these numbers, visit your physician. Flaxseed oil should also be able to help, according to Greek researchers. In their 12-week study of 59 middle-aged men, they discovered that consumption of this oil resulted in significantly lowered blood pressure readings. This little addition to your daily diet may save yourself—literally—from the headaches associated with hypertension.

It Fights Tumors

Do you dream of having a tan that would make Snooki jealous? Nothing highlights muscle quite like a tan, but there’s a skin cancer risk no matter what type you're used to. And, please, forget indoor tanning; research has proven just how damaging that is. If you’re lucky enough to be in a warmer climate, and the sun constantly calls to you, apply sunscreen. Be smart and add flaxseed to your daily diet. Omaha researchers found that mice receiving 10% flaxseed supplementation developed as much as 63 percent fewer tumors than those that didn't get the seed.

It Lifts Your Mood

It’s true: Depression hurts. Every moment of your day can be impacted by it. There are plenty of antidepressants that doctors may prescribe, but a simple dietary addition may also prove useful, according to a Japanese study. The study found that significant depression levels frequently went hand in hand with lower levels of docosahexaenoic and eicosapentanoic acids (found in various foods including fish, walnuts and flax) in patients. If you’re depressed and haven’t yet investigated the effects your diet maybe having on you, now is the time to start.

It Slashes Your Risk of Liver Disease

Are you living a healthy and fit lifestyle, yet still can’t shake the alcohol consumption? Just like any self-destructive behavior, you may be putting yourself at great risk. One very serious possibility is liver disease. Fortunately, for those who can’t seem to help themselves, there may be a way to decrease the risk factors involved with liver disease. Recent research conducted on 30 men found that those receiving flaxseed lignan capsules effectively reduced their liver disease risk factors. They concluded that 100 mg supplementation could be beneficial. Of course, a better idea would be to stop drinking.

It Gets Your Cholesterol in Check

Are you suffering from high cholesterol? Left untreated, your arteries could become clogged leading to a heart attack or stroke. Flaxseed can help according to studies. Interestingly enough, though, it only has the ability to lower the cholesterol of men according to Iowa State University researchers. So, while they caution that it cannot match the cholesterol-lowering effects of prescription medication, if you’re looking for a drug-free, relatively inexpensive way to treat your problem, consider taking flaxseed lignan tablets or sprinkling some ground flaxseed overtop of your meals. Plus, any heart-healthy boost of nutrients helps.

It Blocks Cancer Cell Formation

The seed's ability to assist in the fight against cancer is another male-exclusive benefit, apparently. In the United States there were 241,740 newly reported cases and 28,170 prostate cancer related deaths in 2012. With such ominous numbers, it’s no wonder researchers continue to search for ways to combat it. Flaxseed appears to significantly reduce cancer cell creation rates according to one such study of 161 pre-surgery prostate cancer patients. How does it work? It’s likely because flaxseed has the ability to disrupt the events leading to cancerous cell production.

Courtesy of Men's Fitness

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