It is amazing how the tiny seeds of the flax grain can bring about heaps of health benefits to mankind. Flax seed is renowned for Omega 3; a great number of nutritional and fitness experts have compelled themselves to the regular intake of flax seed, whether in its cold milled, oil, or lignan capsule form. Others are simply attuned to the nutty, gritty taste of milled flax seed sprinkled generously over oatmeal, desserts, and pastries. Yet beyond its reputation as a nutritional supplement, condiment, and now as a designer food, are the life enhancing properties of flax seed and its teeming ability to aid major bodily systems in the conduct of many physiological functions.

Given a husk that is abundant in dietary fibers, flax seed plays an important role in the digestive process by way of its water binding, insoluble fibers that induce regular bowel movement and facilitates the excretion of feces; this prevents constipation and the undue build-up of toxins with the colon.

Confined inside the seed is flax seed oil, the core essence of this wonder grain that comes enriched with the nutritional merits of essential fatty acids (EFAs) called Omega 3, an unsaturated type of fat that feeds HDL, or the good cholesterol, into the arteries. In addition to EFAs, lignans and an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants form part of the nutritional elements of flax seed oil. The immense volume of nutrients packed into every grain of flax becomes available to the digestive, muscular, circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems with every intake of milled flax seed to support the metabolic, cardiovascular, hormonal, and cellular functions of the body.

Omega 3 regulates metabolism through the upkeep of an energized body while reducing body fats, aiding muscle tissues, and inducing the speedy repair of sore muscle cells following bouts of exercise. Perhaps the most prominent benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids lie with its nurturing action in the context of cardiovascular health, with flax seed being known as a precursor of a healthy heart.

Omega 3 also supports the repair of hormonal disorders with the endocrine gland, treats depression, attention deficiency disorders and other neurological defects, while enhancing the immune system to fortify the bodys defenses against infections and other diseases. Moreover, the presence of lignans in flax seed oilhelps cushion the damaging impact of oxygen free radicals on pertinent bodily cells, which becomes a natural preventive measure against the onset of type 2 diabetes and the formation of tumor and cancerous cells.

What an amazing array of nutrients to support the functions of our body’s systems.

Source by Bruce Maul