What is Flaxseed?

Flax is a delicate annual plant 8-22 inches high, the slender, wiry, glabrous, single, leafy, stem has few branches and bears alternate, sessile, simple, entire, lanceolate to oblong, linear, leaves. The numerous leaves are stalkless, alternate, linear with three parallel nerves. Each branch has one or two, delicate, blue or violet-blue, five-petaled, funnel-shaped, slightly overlapping petals (1/2-3/4 inches across), flowers from June to August. The fruit is an 8- to 10-seeded capsule, the seeds are smooth, flattened, shiny, oval beaked, and light brown. Zones 5-10. Not heat-tolerant. This is the common flaxseed. Another flax plant, purging flax or fairy flax (Linum catharticum), is common in European meadows and pastures. It has opposite leaves and white flowers. In small quantities the plant has purgative properties, in large quantities it is emetic. An infusion of the dried herb is used. Caution: large quantities of purging flax can cause fatal poisoning. Another variety: Blue flax (Linum Lewisii) is known to the Shoshone Indians as "Poohi natesua." This plant's root was steeped for eye medicine. The Paiute Indians called it "Alai natesua" and the whole stem was steeped and used for disorders of the stomach and gas.

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Also known as Flax, Linseed, Linum, Flaxseeds, Linum usitatissimum, Linseeds, Flaxs, Linums, Linum usitatissimums
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Flaxseed and Heart Disease

Jan 14, 2010 ... Research shows that fiber-rich flaxseed may help keep your cholesterol in check, as well as ease health problems like hot flashes and ...

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Flaxseeds – Breast Cancer Prevention - Anticancer Benefits from ...

Oct 22, 2008 ... Flaxseed comes from the plant that is used to make linen, as well as flax meal and flaxseed oil. It has lignans and omega-3 fatty acids that ...

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Flaxseed and Hot Flashes

Dec 13, 2007 ... Here's a quick overview of a study done by the Mayo Clinic on flaxseed and hot flashes. Women in the study noticed decreased number and ...

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Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is an herbal medicine taken by mouth for constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement), irritable bowel, inflammation (swelling and soreness) of the colon, stomach inflammation, and for bowels damaged by the frequent use of laxatives. Flax may be placed on the skin to treat redness and pain.

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Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
Flaxseed and its derivative flaxseed oil/linseed oil are rich sources of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, which is a biologic precursor to omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid. Although omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes, evidence from human trials is mixed regarding the efficacy of flaxseed products for coronary artery disease or hyperlipidemia.

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Flax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flax seeds come in two basic varieties: (1) brown; and (2) yellow or golden. Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal amounts of ...

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Flaxseed Health Benefits, Food Sources, Recipes, and Tips for Using It
Is flaxseed the new wonder food? Preliminary studies show that flaxseed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer.

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Flax Seed Health Benefits and Safety Issues - Flax Seed Nutrition
Information about flax seed, including nutrition, health benefits, and safety issues. Links to lots of yummy recipes.

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Ground flaxseed: Better than whole? - MayoClinic.com
Most nutrition experts recommend ground flaxseed over whole flaxseed. Find out why.

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Flaxseed [NCCAM Health Information]
Jan 12, 2011 ... Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant, which is believed to have originated in Egypt. It grows throughout Canada and the northwestern ...

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Flaxseed and flaxseed oil (Linum usitatissimum) - MayoClinic.com
Dec 1, 2010 ... Flaxseed and its derivative flaxseed oil/linseed oil are rich sources ... Flaxseed oil contains only the alpha-linolenic acid component of ...

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Flaxseed: MedlinePlus Supplements
Jan 4, 2011 ... Flaxseed is the seed from the plant Linum usitatissimum. The seed or the seed oil is used to make medicine. The information on this page ...

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Flax is an annual plant cultivated for its fiber, which is used in making linen. Flaxseed and its oil are used in herbal remedies.

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Flax Seed Meal - Where to Get It and How to Use It
Nov 7, 2008 ... Most health food stores have flax seeds, but if yours doesn't, here's advice about getting them, the differences between flax seeds and meal ...

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Flaxseed Oil and Fish Oil for Dry Eyes
Flaxseed oil and fish oil may be effective treatments for dry eye and reduce the need for eye drops.

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