10 – Flaxseed and diabetes
The addition of flaxseed slowed the onset of type 2 diabetes in animal studies as well as protecting kidneys from the usual damage as a result of diabetes.
Nutrients in flaxseed
Flaxseeds are rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), an omega-3 essential fatty acid, and also the phytoestrogens called lignans. They are an excellent supply of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and manganese. They are also a great source of the minerals iron, phosphorus and copper.
History of flaxseed
The cultivation of flax can be traced back to 3000 B.C. in Babylon. Egyptian burial chambers show the cultivation flax and clothing made from flax fibers. Hippocrates wrote about making use of flax for relieving stomach pains. In the same period of time, flax mucilage was recommended by Theophrastus as a cough remedy.
Canada is the top producer of flax, then the United States, India, China, Argentina and the European Union.