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Ground Flaxseed Health Benefits

by
author image Norma Chew
Norma Chew is a retired registered nurse who has been a freelance writer since 1978. Chew's articles have appeared in the "Journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses" (AORN), "Point of View Magazine" and "Today's OR Nurse." Chew has a master's degree in health care administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Ground Flaxseed Health Benefits
Various flaxseed in bowls on a table. Photo Credit Elena Elisseeva/iStock/Getty Images

Ground flaxseed is made by grinding the tiny-nutritious flaxseed of the Linum usitatissimum plant; which is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and low in carbohydrates. Ground flaxseed is easier for the body to digest. Most importantly, ground flaxseed provides a variety of health benefits; promoting good health and well-being. As with any supplement, ground flaxseed should be taken with the advice and supervision of your health care practitioner.

Lowers Cholesterol

Ground flaxseed, taken as a dietary supplement, may help to lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels. Flaxseed dietary supplements have a remarkable effect on lowering the cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol. Ground flaxseed may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in patients with high cholesterol levels.

Relieves Menopausal Symptoms

Ground flaxseed may help to ease menopausal symptoms, which may include irregular menstruation, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, low sexual drive and vaginal dryness. Menopausal women who take 40g of flaxseed supplement experience the same effects as treatments with hormone replacement therapy would have produced. In addition flaxseed also strengthens bone, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and the potential for bone fracture from falling; conditions common during the aging process.

Colon Cleanser

Ground flaxseed is a high fiber supplement that helps digestion, relieves constipation and cleanses the colon. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fibers that becomes mucilaginous and add bulk to the colon when wet. This stimulates the colon, increases the peristaltic or wavelike contraction of the colon and easily moves waste products and toxins out of the body in to the stool.

Effects on Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer stands behind lung cancer as the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. Flaxseed contains a group of chemicals called lignans that mimic the action of the natural hormone, estrogen. Lignans may protect and help the body fight against cancer. Researchers are diligently investigating the effect of lignans and their potential to prevent prostate cancer. According to the UMMC, researchers have found that in one study, 25 men with prostate cancer were compared to 25 men without the condition. The study revealed that men who consumed a low-fat, flaxseed-supplemented diet, for one month showed a slower tumor growth than in those who did not eat the diet.

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