Definition of Flax:

Flax Seed or Flax Oil.  Flax oil is nutty-flavored oil that is pressed out of flax seeds and is one of the richest sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), a vital element for good health.  The oil making process removes many of the seed's phytoestrogens which offer several health-related benefits including reducing the risk of cancer and alleviating menopausal symptoms.  Many choose to use the whole seed because of its fiber and lignan content.  Flaxseed oil is light- and temperature-sensitive and must be stored in the refrigerator.

Also: Flax Oil, Flax Seed

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...the condition
“...High-nutrient foods such as vegetables, brown rice, whole grains, seeds and nuts, fruits, poultry, fish, olive oil, and flax seeds/oil can help relieve stress and prevent anxiety...”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“Lignans are particularly abundant in raw ground flax seed and are also found in whole grains and legumes...”
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Bulk Laxative

...related topic
“...Examples include wheat bran, psyllium, flax, methylcellulose, ispaghula husk, and Sterculia urens.”

Chronic Inflammation

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax oil or fish oil and the digestive aid bromelain make a useful anti-inflammatory combination...”


...the condition
“...If too difficult for now, try supplementing natural fibers such as flax, psyllium, pectin or guar gum...”

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...It can be made from the omega-3 oil alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in large quantities in flax oil, in moderate amounts in canola oil and walnuts or in small amounts in green leafy vegetables...”


...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“In published studies, a mixture EFAs from safflower, sunflower and flax oil provided benefit...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Flax and hemp seeds are a particularly good source of Omega-3...”

EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...It can be made from the omega-3 oil alpha-linolenic acid found in large amounts in flax oil, in moderate amounts in canola oil and walnuts or in small amounts in green leafy vegetables...”

Essential Fatty Acids

...as a treatment
“...EFAs react with oxygen: EFA-rich oils such as flax, hemp and safflower were traditionally used in paints because they oxidize, dry and harden quickly when exposed to air...”

Flax Seed, Flaxseed Oil, Linseed Oil

...as a treatment
“The seeds of the flax plant are extremely high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), containing between 50 to 60% linolenic acid (triple unsaturated omega-3) and between 15 to 25% linoleic acid (double unsaturated omega-6)...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...recommendation Flax Seed, Flaxseed Oil, Linseed Oil
Flax seed tea.  See the link between Peptic Ulcers and Water Consumption Increase.”
...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“...Drink lots of water, golden seal tea, and flax seed tea.”
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...the condition
“...Consider mixing 20 drops with an ounce of flax oil and storing it in the refrigerator...”

High Total Cholesterol

...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“...Three months of supplementation with ground flax seed at 40gm per day reduced serum total cholesterol in a study of postmenopausal women...”

High/Increased Fiber Diet

...as a treatment
“...The following chart lists good sources of fiber (food type, serving size, amount of fiber) ... Flax seed, wheat bran (1 tbsp) – 1.5gm...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
Flax seed oil and/or fish oil have been shown to reduce the severity of the disease in animal studies...”
...recommendation Bromelain
“...Flax oil or fish oil along with bromelain between meals is a good natural anti-inflammatory combination.”

Poor Bone Health

...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“Reduce intake of animal fats and concentrate on the "good" fats found in fresh, cold-water fish, olive, canola, evening primrose, and flax oils.”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...It is suggested that vegans use plant oils with a low ratio of linoleic acid (Omega-6) to ALA (Omega-3), such as flax or canola, as a higher ratio may inhibit the conversion of ALA to DHA...”

Raw Food Diet

...as a treatment
“...Nut butters; Oils (Olive, hemp, flax, etc.); Durian; Olives; These foods are all very satisfying, but also difficult to digest...”

Supplemental Fiber

...as a treatment
“...Quick sources of supplemental fiber include ground flax seed (freshly ground to preserve the oils present in the seeds), store-bought psyllium supplements (without the added colors or artificial flavorings that are frequently added), chopped nuts...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP

...as a treatment
“...The effectiveness of 5HTP may be increased with gingko biloba, St. John's Wort, B-complex vitamins with magnesium, tyrosine, flax seed oil, and ginger...”

Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
Flax seed oil at 1 Tablespoon per day is sometimes recommended because it can reduce inflammation contributing to an overactive bladder.”
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