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Eat Flaxseed For Health

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Yellow Flaxseed

Latin Name : Linum usitatissimum

Flaxseed For Health

Did you know flaxseeds and flax oil that you eat and consume for their nutrient and health value are as varied in nutritional value as in the uses?

From controlling inflammation to lowering the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. From preventing neural defects in the foetus to controlling health issues at menopause and more there is nothing quite amazing like flax.

Flax is one plant that has a different set of benefits for men and different for women. Amazing isn't it?

Be prepared to spend some time to learn about these various amazing uses of flax from paints and varnishes to livestock and chicken feed to baking and cooking and more.

Flax has vital uses which you will learn as you read on. So let's start from the beginning.

Why Should You Eat Flax Seeds?

Flax seeds are nutrient-dense seeds. They contain high levels of healthy fats - the healthy omega-3 fats, are extremely rich in lignans and mucilage, and fibre dense. They also contain several minerals and some vitamins.

Hence, they offer some amazing health benefits some of which are:

  • Reducing the risk of cancers, especially of the breast and possibly prostate, ovarian and colon, and also, shielding from the bad effects of radiation as in radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
  • Improving heart health by reducing blood pressure, bad cholesterol and preventing plaque deposition in the arteries.
  • Lowering inflammation and therefore reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases like diabetes by reducing the sugar and insulin levels in the blood.
  • Since it is the soluble fibre which binds to the fat and cholesterol and helps remove it, as well as, stabilize the blood sugar levels, controls weight gain and prevent constipation, flax seeds need to be coarsely ground before consuming them to make it available to the body.

Flaxseed Flowers

About Flax Plant And Flaxseed

Flaxseed is also commonly called flax, common flax or linseed. It is also termed the new wonder food.

The flax plant is native to India and the region extending to the Eastern Mediterranean. Much cultivation took place in ancient times in Ethiopia and Egypt between 4000 BC and 2000 BC. However, indications have been found that its cultivation may have started much earlier around 10000 BC.

In prehistoric times, its cultivation was done both for culinary as well as clothing purposes and this extends to this day.

Flax is a plant that stays erect and grows to a height of about 4 feet. the stems are thin while the leaves are green and slender and shaped like a lancet. The flowers are pale blue or bright red in colour depending on the variety.

The unspun fibres of the flax plant are also called flax. They are extracted from the stems. The fibres are blonde in colour, soft, flexible and lustrous. These can be spun to make linen.

There are 2 types of flaxseeds - the yellow and the brown coloured seeds which are the food grade and non-food-grade varieties of flax, respectively.

The nutritional values of both varieties are similar as well as they have equal amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

Brown Flaxseeds

Flaxseed Bread

Flaxseed Nutritional Benefits

Flaxseed is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid as also in omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids.

They also contain lignans in the form of estrogens. They are very high in Vitamin E content (133% of the daily requirement contained in 100 gms).

They are a very good source of the B complex vitamins B1, B2, B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate as also the minerals magnesium, manganese, copper and iron.

They contain good amounts of potassium, zinc and calcium.

They are a very good source of soluble and insoluble fibre and have no cholesterol.

Flaxseed Tortilla Chip

Flax Seed Nutritional Values

 Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) 

 

Nutritional value per 100 g.

 

 

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

534 Kcal

27%

Carbohydrates

28.8 g

22%

Protein

18.3 g

32.50%

Total Fat

42.16 g

170%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

27.3 g

68%

Vitamins

 

 

Folates

87 mcg

22%

Niacin

3.08 mg

19%

Pantothenic acid

0.985 mg

20%

Pyridoxine

0.473 mg

36%

Riboflavin

0.161 mg

12%

Thiamin

1.64 mg

137%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

0.6 mg

1%

Vitamin E

19.95 mg

133%

Vitamin K

4.3 mcg

3.50%

Electrolytes

 

 

Sodium

30 mg

2%

Potassium

813 mg

17%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium

255 mg

22.50%

Copper

1.12 mg

124%

Iron

5.73 mg

72%

Magnesium

392 mg

98%

Manganese

2.48 mg

108%

Zinc

4.34 mg

39%

Phyto-nutrients

 

 

Beta Carotene

0 mcg

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Lutein-zeaxanthin

651 mcg

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Flaxseed For Health

Flaxseed has the highest number of omega-3 fatty acids among all 129 of the world's healthiest foods and has been ranked as the leading source of lignans in foods (source: WHFoods.com).

  • Flaxseed has 7 times as many lignans as in sesame seeds, 338 times the lignans in sunflower seeds, 475 times those in cashew seeds and 3200 times the lignans found in peanuts. Amazing isn't it?
  • The mucilage content of flaxseed lowers the rate of emptying of the food into the small intestines thereby improving nutrient absorption.
  • The omega-3 fatty acids are responsible for lowering the LDL and total cholesterol levels while increasing the HDL levels. Omega-3 fatty acids remain stable for at least 3 hours of cooking at 300 deg F.
  • The high fibre content, the monounsaturated fatty acids and the omega-3 fatty acids help in lowering blood pressure, the incidence of coronary artery disease, stroke and various cancers.
  • The omega-3 help in the development of the infants and their nervous system.
  • The lignans have hormonal. antioxidant and cancer-preventive properties.
  • The high Vitamin E levels counteract the free radicals and protect the mucosal cell membranes.
  • The various B complex vitamins help in the different metabolic processes of the body, prevent beriberi and neural defects in the unborn if consumed preconception and through pregnancy.
  • The anti-inflammatory action of flaxseeds helps in reducing inflammation in diseases like asthma and Parkinsons.
  • The high levels of fibre ensure no constipation occurs but enough water should be consumed otherwise the very fibre will become the cause of constipation.
  • Studies indicate that 2 tbsp flaxseeds a day cut hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings in women undergoing menopause by 50%.

Benefits Of Flaxseed For Health - For Men

Blood Pressure Management

Omega-3 fatty acids prevent blood vessel damages as well as reduce clumping of the platelets thus lowering blood pressure.

Reduces Prostate Problems

The lignans and omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and antioxidants and thus protect the prostrate from infection and possible cancer too.

Controls Cholesterol Levels

It lowers LDL & total cholesterol while raising the HDL levels thus lowering the risk of heart disease, heart attack and strokes.

Controls Blood Sugar

The lignan content of the flaxseed is responsible for maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.

Flax Seed Milk Recipe | Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Benefits Of Flaxseed For Health - For Women

  • The lignans act like estrogen and balance the female hormones.
  • Flaxseed makes the menopause experience easier to go through.
  • It improves the strength of the bones, teeth and nails as women are more prone to bone health issues.
  • Flaxseed consumption combats infertility issues and cramps. It also reduces endometriosis discomfort. Reduces inflammation in breast cysts.
  • It controls acne and soothes skin.

Uses Of Flaxseeds

Both the yellow and brown flaxseeds can be consumed as has been done in ancient times.

Today, however, the brown flaxseed is used in paints, cattle feed and to draw out fibres. Linseed oil is the oil produced from the brown flaxseeds and is used as a drying oil in paints, varnishes, coatings, wood finishes etc.

The yellow flaxseeds are the ones that are consumed. They are also eaten sprouted. They can be eaten whole or ground. The whole seeds are very stable. The ground flaxseeds can go rancid very fast at room temperature as it is extremely oil-rich; Kept in the refrigerator, it can stay good for 2 -4 months. Whole flaxseeds stay good for 1 to 2 years.

Flaxseed, and sometimes flaxseed oil, is commonly used in livestock feed.

Ground flaxseeds can be added to cereals, yoghurt, shakes, desserts, ice creams etc. They are also used in the manufacture of muffins, cakes, biscuits etc.

Flaxseed has a very hard coat hence it is better to use it ground. Just take care to grind it when about to use so that it does not go rancid.

How to Consume Flax Seeds

The ground flax seeds can be consumed in various ways:

  • Sprinkle on cereals
  • Add to baked goods like bread, muffins, and cookies
  • Add to shakes, smoothies, soups etc
  • Sprinkle on cooked vegetables
  • Mixed in milk and yoghurt

How to Store Flax seeds

In fact, after grinding the flax seeds the airtight bottle should be stored in the freezer compartment of the fridge. This is what I always do.

I always prepare about a 7-10 day supply of ground flax seeds and keep it in the freezer and in this way I do not need to grind them when I need them. They stay as good as when ground fresh.

I would suggest buying whole, roasted flax seeds and grinding them in small batches and storing them in the freezer. If you have unroasted flax seeds, roast them for a couple of minutes on low heat, until they change a bit in colour, before grinding them.

Who Must Not Consume Flax Seeds?

As a precaution flax seeds must not be consumed by:

Pregnant or breastfeeding women as it may bring about hormonal changes if consumed in large amounts.

If taking blood thinners or cholesterol-lowering drugs consult your doctor before consuming them as it lowers cholesterol as well as thins blood.

It may interfere with the absorption of certain medications so do ask your doctor if you are on taking medicines regularly.

Flaxseed Oil And Its Uses

It is made from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant. Flaxseed oil is rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids - the essential polyunsaturated fatty acids.

It is a colourless to yellow coloured oil. Flaxseed has about 40% oil by weight and the oil has about 55% omega-3 fatty acids.

Flaxseed oil is called flax when the oil is used for consumption. Linseed is used to describe the oil used for industrial purposes.

Some of its uses are :

  • To correct some health issues like high cholesterol, blood pressure, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, maintain correct blood sugar levels.
  • To maintain skin, nails, hair health.
  • To burn body fat and reduce weight.
  • To avail the natural laxative effect of its mucilage content.
  • To benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects it has by soothing the inner mucosa of the inflamed intestine.
  • As a nutritional supplement.

And some uses besides the health ones:

  • It is also used in paints, wood finishes, pigment binders, varnishes, manufacture of soaps, linoleum, as a waterproofing agent etc.

Flaxseed Oil And Capsules

Flaxseed vs Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseeds have more nutrients than flaxseed oil. However, flaxseeds contain 1/3rd the amount of ALA than flaxseed oil quantity being equal.

If you need the entire range of nutrients, take flaxseeds.
To get an omega-3 boost, take flaxseed oil.

Lignans are naturally present in flaxseeds. The flaxseed oil has added lignans that are not natural.

Flaxseeds have much longer shelf life than flaxseed oil which can turn rancid fast.

Flaxseeds are a very good source of fibre while the oil has no fibre.

Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil Capsules

The capsules are easy to swallow and do not affect the taste of the mouth.

The capsule form protects it from UV and light ensuring the stability of the oil.

The capsule form minimises free radicals in the oil and protects it from oxidative rancidity.

It is easier to carry and consume.

Flaxseed Meal

Ground flaxseed is called flaxseed meal. Flaxseed should be ground only when needed to prevent it from going rancid and losing its nutrient value. It is at its optimum nutrient value when freshly ground.

Flaxseed meal imparts a rich nutty flavour to the added foods. It is a better and healthier option than flaxseed oil. It can be ground to the desired consistency.

Flaxseed Oil vs Fish Oil Debate

This debate about flaxseed oil being better than fish oil and vice versa is quite old. According to some flaxseed oil is better while according to others fish oil scores in this respect.

The fact is :

Flaxseed oil contains ALA which is a precursor to EPA & DHA and the body has to convert the ALA to EPA & DHA.

Fish oil contains EPA & DHA. Coldwater fish are the richest source of DHA & EPA. Fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and anchovy are good sources.

It is believed that our body is a poor converter of ALA to EPA & DHA. Only 5% of ALA is converted to EPA while a mere 0.5% is converted to DHA.

However, it is also a fact that for strict vegetarians and those with an allergy to fish, flaxseed oil is the biggest source of omega-3 fatty acids and the best option.

There are several published research papers about the inability of flaxseed oil (ALA) to provide benefits comparable to those provided by fish oil

Some opinions of the experts are given below.

British Journal Atherosclerosis: “Fish oil produced predictable changes in cardiovascular risk, but were not reproduced with ALA from Flaxseed oil.” – Volume 181, Issue 1, July 2005, Pages 115-124

Cornell University: “Studies generally agree that whole body conversion of ALA (Flax) to DHA is below 5% in humans.”- Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2002 Mar; 5(2): 127-32.

Hoffmann-Roche: “Conversion is approximately 6% for EPA and 3.8% for DHA. With a diet rich in Omega-6, the conversion is reduced further by 40 to 50%.” – Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1998; 68(3): 159-73.

University of Guelph: “Thirty adults with ADHD were given 12 weeks of supplementation with olive oil, flax oil or fish oil. The data suggest that in order to increase levels of EPA and DHA in adults with ADHD high dose fish oil may be preferable to high dose flax oil.” –Reprod Nutr Dev. 2005 Sep-Oct; 45(5): 549-58

Some Precautions

Flaxseed slows down the absorption of other medicines and nutrients. Hence both should not be taken together.

It may cause constipation instead of relieving it if water consumption is not increased. It is best to take 1 tsp to start with and if okay go for 2 tsp per day.

Consuming flaxseed in excess may cause bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea as it has a lot of mucilage content in the seed coat.

Due to the lignan content-the phytoestrogens, pregnant women and those breastfeeding should stay away from consuming flaxseed.

Those with bowel inflammation and/or obstruction should avoid it.

Some people may experience side effects like bleeding or easy bruising, black or bright coloured stools or vomiting of blood, vision or speech disturbances, weakness or numbness in arm or leg, severe headache, allergic reactions like rash, itching, swelling. breathing difficulty, wheezing or swallowing.

Consult your doctor or health provider immediately, if you experience any of these symptoms.

References

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 24, 2013:

Thanks Celeste. Glad you found what you needed. I really appreciate your visit and comments.

Celeste Wilson on April 23, 2013:

Every time I go looking for some health advice, there you are Rajan Jolly. Thank you for another very good hub on natural health. I was researching Flax and found your hub. Voted useful, Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 17, 2012:

Hi Sarah,

You will certainly start to feel better. That's for sure! Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah from USA on December 17, 2012:

I just started taking flax seeds as part of my breakfast. I'm looking forward to seeing the results from this. Thank you for an informative hub :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 12, 2012:

Hi RT,

Thanks for your nice comments and for the hub linking. Much appreciated.

RTalloni on October 11, 2012:

Thanks for linking my hub on using flax seed to bring down bad cholesterol numbers to this great overview of flax seed's benefits. I have returned the favor.

The more I learn about the "amazing" flax seed the more I am impressed with it and it's good to see via the comments that people are benefiting from the info.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 08, 2012:

Thanks cheetah. Appreciate your visit.

cheetah786 on October 07, 2012:

great work dude. you write like pro.. great tips thanks for writing..

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 02, 2012:

Hi Helen,

I'm glad you like this hub. It's good you are consuming most of these healthy foods. Glad to see you.

Have a nice day.

oceansider on September 30, 2012:

Well done article on flax seeds, Rajan.....I have been using ground flax seeds in my cereal now for about a month and knew they were good for me, but didn't know how good....thanks for all of the information regarding all of the health benefits.

Take care, Helen

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 15, 2012:

Hi TT, glad to know flax seeds are on your list of foods to eat and great to find you appreciate the information here.

Thanks for stopping by. Really appreciate the compliments.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 15, 2012:

Another great nutrition hub, Rajan! My favorite way to get flax is the granola mix with flax seeds from Costco. I LOVE it! :) And I love all the information in this hub. Wonderful job!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 06, 2012:

Hello Faye,

Wow, this is an amazing way to give flax, I like the phrase 'inflicting good health', on finicky eaters. I'm sure readers will love your way of adding flax to meals.

Thanks for this wonderful input and thanks for reading, appreciating and voting for the hub.

fayegiblin from Stockport on August 06, 2012:

Hello Rajan,

This hub will act as a great reference for me in many ways. Superbly written and very informative.

Flax seeds are amazing and you have outlined their usefulness, goodness and ways to incorporate into the diet superbly.

Some people find them (and other similar seeds) difficult to give to their family. It is often useful to add things without people even being aware of them. One thing I have done is boil seeds up (the water becomes egg-white like and thicker), then use this 'oil' in a soup base, add a spoonful to many dishes without it being discovered - making it ideal for inflicting good health on people that have been allowed to become fussy eaters.

Rated: Useful & Interesting

Thanks

Faye :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 01, 2012:

Hi Victoria.

I'm glad you liked the information, Thanks for the visit and comments.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 31, 2012:

I've always heard how healthy flax seed it. You did a lot of research on this and explained everything so well. Thank you!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2012:

@ starstream - I'm glad you find this information useful. Thabks for visiting.

@ tillsontitan - thanks for the appreciative comments and the votes.

@ Glimmer Twin Fan - nice to know you found the info useful. Hope it helps. Thanks for visiting.

@ creative lycc - glad to know you are reaping the benefits of flax and flax oil. Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2012:

Audrey, unsaturated fatty acids are very unstable and undergo oxidation under less than ideal conditions faster than saturated fatty acids. Flaxseed meal thus has a shorter shelf life as it is a good source of oil which is made up of unsaturated fatty acids. Now you can decide when to change the flaxseed meal. Better still gring flax when needed.

Thanks for reading and continually supporting.

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on July 26, 2012:

Good information here, I have been using flax seeds and flax seed oil for years. It really is a great nutrient rich supplement.

Claudia Mitchell on July 26, 2012:

Always looking for ways to lower my blood pressure. Great information! Thanks.

Mary Craig from New York on July 26, 2012:

You've outdone yourself with this one! So much valuable information. You really did your homework here and helped us out too! Guess its time to buy some more flaxseeds!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on July 26, 2012:

You have written an amazing article here. The examples are helpful to better understand this plant which provides so many wonderful benefits to mankind. Thanks for sharing it with our hub community.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 26, 2012:

I'm glad to learn that flaxseed meal can go rancid so fast. (I need to replace mine.) I didn't realize it had such a short shelf life. This hub is marvelous. You haven't left out one bit of information. I am addicted to your great hubs on health. Voted up and across (not funny) and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 25, 2012:

- Hi jojo. Thanks for sparing time to visit and read the hub.

- Hi Sue. Nice to know you consume flax meal.

Thanks for stopping by and giving the votes too.

Have a wonderful day.

Sueswan on July 25, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

I sprinkle flax meal on my oatmeal and on salads.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a good day. :)

Jane Boucheirre from CA on July 25, 2012:

Very useful and interesting hub. Thanks for visiting my hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 24, 2012:

@ Tammy - Well you are having the best of both. That's a lot of omega-3. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@ Happyboomernurse - I'm glad you like the write up and the videos. Thanks for reading and giving these votes.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 24, 2012:

This is a very well written and comprehensive hub and I learned many things I didn't know about flaxseed and flaxseed oil.

It's also helpful that you included the videos at the end to show how to use them.

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

Tammy from North Carolina on July 24, 2012:

Very useful information. I take fish oil, but I will snack on Flaxseed crackers. It is nice to know they have so many health benefits. Great hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:

Aurelio, you do keep abreast of information for sure. It's good to know that you consume these healthy seeds. Thanks for the visit. It's always great to see you here.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 23, 2012:

Actually, I did know about some of the nutritional properties of flaxseed and do welcome it's use. I like the taste as well. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:

Hi Ruchira. This is a wonderful way for people to consume flax. Heating at 300 deg has been shown to have no effects on the nutrient levels. So I presume you will get all the benefits.

Many thanks for leaving your feedback and it's a pleasure to have your vote and appreciation.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:

Hi Kawajit. I have been wondering why you stopped writing. Glad to see you back. Thanks for reading. Much appreciated.

Kawaljit kaur from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India) on July 22, 2012:

Gone thru ur hub after a long gap. AWESOME as usual!

Ruchira from United States on July 22, 2012:

informative hub, rajan.

i usually use flax seed powder in my dough prior to making rotis. hopeful to get the possible nutrients. voted up as useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

@ Kelly - thanks for the read and appreciation. Nice to see you.

@ Jools - your comments are very motivating . Thanks for stopping by.

@Kelley - I'm honored to get such comments from you. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to see you.

kelleyward on July 22, 2012:

I love your herb hubs. I use ground flax seed meal when I remember to add to my boys oatmeal etc. I didn't know it had different benefits for men and women. Wow that's amazing. Fantastic information. Voted up and shared. Kelley

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on July 22, 2012:

Very informative hub Rajan, I am a convert now and will get some this week :o)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 22, 2012:

Beautiful hub and photos...I never knew the flowers were so pretty! Great info...I should use more flax seed:)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

These are some exclusive benefits that women get with flax consumption so I had to include them and I'm glad it's appreciated. Christy thanks for stopping by, giving votes and sharing.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 22, 2012:

Thank-you for the section in particular for the benefits to women. I used to have flaxseed with my breakfast and I really should get back to that routine. Vote up, useful, and share too.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Hi dinkan. Very true all because flax is amazingly healthy. I'm glad you liked the huband the hair gel video. Would like your feedback on the hair gel once you give it a try.

Thanks for being here and the sharing.

dinkan53 from India on July 22, 2012:

Recipes with flaxseed are becoming popular now a days as people started to know about the health benefits of it. Interesting to know about the natural hair gel with flaxseeds. Will give it a try. Thanks for the article and video.

Rated up and shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

GClark, nice to know you found this hub provide you some new and interesting information. I hope it benefits you. Thanks for all the appreciation and the visit.

GClark from United States on July 22, 2012:

Extremely well-written and presented hub with everything one might want to know about flaxseed. I currently take many supplements and am a firm believer in maintaining a strong immune system but for some reason previously never learned or heard much about flaxseed. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Hi Linda Flax Fairy. I'm overwhelmed with your devotion to flax. Thank you so much for the visit and the kind words.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Bill, I'm glad for you too. Enough of teaching you now ! LOL ! Thanks for all the appreciation and concern my friend. It is always a pleasure to see you here.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 22, 2012:

A flaxseed tribute! I love it and daily ground flaxseed. I think I might be this seeds best fan. I'm known as the Flax Fairy in my home, I'm always pushing a sprinkling of the nutty, yummy seeds! WTG Rajan! Excellent hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 22, 2012:

Rajan, you finally did it....you wrote about something I actually know about. LOL I actually have prior knowledge about one of your subjects. Who would have ever guessed it was possible?

Great hub as always! I hope you are getting a lot of views on these hubs because they are well done.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Great feedback Lizam 1. Thanks for stopping by.

Lizam1 from Scotland on July 22, 2012:

Very informative. I use ground Flax seeds on yoghurt for breakfast and keep the pack in the freezer to preserve them.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Hi Sandra. You are pretty fast on this. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing. I'm delighted to have your feedback.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on July 22, 2012:

Let me be the first to comment on how much I rely on flaxseed oil for all of the things you mention in this hub, and especially to keep down inflamation. Thanks for SHARING. Voted up and passed along.