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By June 30, 2015 - 10:41am
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Hi ladies,

I've just invested in a bottle of flaxseed soft capsules and I wanted to find out if I made a wise decision. I was told that flaxseed is good for health and even weightloss. Is this true?

Thank you

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Hi Dabney,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Flaxseed are rich in micronutrients, dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and Omega 3. It is a functional foods that has additional health promoting or disease prevention benefits over and above there basic nutritional value.  Before taking flaxsee products, it is best to consult with your doctor. 

Ground flaxseed is good for weight loss because of it's versatility.  You can incorporate it into your smoothies, sprinkle it over cereal and salads and even bake with it. There are some weight loss benefits due to their low carbohydrates and high omega 3 high fatty acid content. And the fiber rich content helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. It's a very gentle natural laxative which cleans your colon of toxic metabolic waste and promote friendly bacteria. When your bowel health is good, you're able to drop pounds easier. The lecithin content in flax helps to dissolve unhealthy fats from your digestive tract rather than being stored as body fat.

Flaxseed oil is known to be beneficial for certain health conditions like arthritis. 

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Other benefits include:

  1. Improve your cardiovascular health, lowering your blood pressure, the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and blood triglyceride values; 
  2. Prevent arterial clots that may result in strokes, heart attacks and thromboses; 
  3. Boost your immune system, reduce inflammation in your body, alleviate some allergies and any asthma symptoms; Improve your eyesight and the perception of colors offering you good protection against macular degeneration when aging; 
  4. Support your healthy joints and improve the absorption of calcium; Help heal any sprains and bruises faster and shorten the recovery time of exhausted muscles; 
  5. Soothe ulcers, irritable bowel disorders and improve your colon health, lowering the risk of colon cancer; 
  6. Improve your mood significantly and help certain cases of depression;
  7. Strengthen brittle nails and help with dry/flaky skin, eczema, psoriasis, alopecia and dandruff; 
  8. Reduce the pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and help cool down hot flashes - an invaluable benefit if you're a menopausal woman;

If you are working towards making healthier lifestyle choices, it's could prove to be a good add to your dietary regimen.  However, before adding it in, please consult with your doctor first. 

I hope this helps.

Be well,


June 30, 2015 - 2:58pm
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