Flaxseed, when combined with a low-fat diet, may retard the growth of
prostate tumors, according to preliminary studies at Duke University
Medical Center. The seed is a rich source of lignan, a family of fibers
that bind to the male hormone testosterone and limit its ability to
promote prostate tumor growth. Flaxseed also contains omega-3 acids,
which have shown a protective effect against cancer and heart disease.
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PREPARING FLAXSEED FOR USE: Adding
flaxseed to your diet is not difficult. The seeds can be sprinkled
on cereals or salads to provide a crunchy bonus. Unless you chew the
seeds very thoroughly, they will simply pass through your body undigested,
and because they are high in fiber, it's good to increase your fluid
intake at the same time. The seeds and the oil spoil easily, and
need to be stored in dark bottles and refrigerated once they are opened.
Ingesting unbroken flaxseed just
passes right through us. For our bodies to digest flaxseed, the
hull or shell must be broken.
Flaxseed grinds up very nicely without any water. Put 3 tablespoons
in your blender and set it on the "grind" speed. This
seems to work a little better if the small 1 cup blender jars are used,
but the open top blender works also. After it is well ground, flaxseed prepared in this way is so versatile it can be sprinkled on just
about anything. Or better yet, add some raw sunflower seed.
Three tablespoons of flax blended with 3 to 4 tablespoons of sunflower
seeds contains a balanced blend of all the essential fatty acids you
need. With or without the sunflower seeds, flaxseed prepared in
this way has a nutty flavor and goes well on salads, prepared or already
cooked cereal, vegetables or even ice cream! This is something you
can really get creative with.
Put your freshly prepared flax/flour mixture in pancakes, bread, muffins,
or biscuits. Be creative.