Flax has been known to humans from before the times of the ancient Egyptian civilization where the temple walls had paintings of flowering flax on them. The Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne was so convinced of its health benefits that he made laws to publicize it. Following new research that supported Charlemagne’s conviction, public interest in it has seen a drastic revival.
It reduces cancer risk.
Recent studies suggest that flaxseed may provide protection against breast cancer and colon cancer. According to a Canadian study that involved more than 6,000 women, it was found that those who regularly ate flaxseed were considerably less likely to develop breast cancer.
Flaxseed is a rich source of lignans, containing more than 800 times more lignans than most other plants. These have antioxidant and estrogen properties which are effective at lowering the risk of cancer. Also, the omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed called alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) is thought to inhibit tumor incidence and growth.