Benefits of Ligans
Flax seed benefits overall health because they contain not only fiber and omega-3 fatty acid, but ligans. Ligans also can help reduce the risk of cancer because they contain antioxidants. What do antioxidants do? They move through the body and bind to free radicals, or cancer-causing chemicals. The body is able to eliminate antioxidants but not free radicals. But when free radicals are bound to an antioxidant, they go out of the body along with the antioxidant.
Women experiencing menopause can also benefit from ligans. They are one of many plants that produce estrogen. Plant estrogen is a much safer alternative to animal based estrogen, usually made from the urine of pregnant mares under cruel conditions.
Omega-3 fatty acid is a nutrient needed by the body. Unfortunately, the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids are in oily fish, cod liver oil and eggs from chickens fed flax seed. These food items are forbidden to vegetarians and vegans, depending on what variation of a cruelty-free diet they follow. Some vegetarians do eat eggs. Flax seed benefits vegetarians and vegans because it gives them the omega-3 fatty acid they need.
There is some controversy that the omega-3 in flax seed is harder to digest than fish-based omega-3. Some vegetarians and vegans compensate by eating more flax seed than they would a serving of fish or compensate by taking omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements made from whole grains but not fish. Some vegetarians and vegans do not bother eating large amounts of flax seed and remain healthy.
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