The Health Benefits Of Flax Seed Essay

818 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The media often portrays items which are labeled as “superfoods” as something magical that will change your life if consumed. According to medicinenet.com, a superfood is defined as “a non-medical term popularized in the media to refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one 's risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health” (MedTerms Dictionary, 2013). Although superfoods provide great health benefits, the term “superfood” is more of a marketing term. One such superfood that people supposedly believe increases your health benefits is flax seed. Even though flax seeds are advertised as a food that can be beneficial to your health, based on scientific research, they are really just something blown up through advertising and are not really worth the hype or the money. Flax seeds come from the flax plant, which is an herb. It was first used back in the day by the ancient Egyptians as both food and medicine and mostly used as a laxative. Due to the fact that it is high in fiber and contains mucilage, a gummy material, they both expand when they come in contact with water, making a person feel full. According to Kozlowski, Kregielczak, Radu, Pag & Sîrghie’s (2014) study, flax seeds are one of the most important fibrous plants which are rich in “valuable fatty acids, amino-acids, phytoestrogens, cyclolinopeptides, lecithin, waxes, lignin, pectin, mucilage, etc. ω-3 and ω-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are effective…

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