I suggest taking flaxseed for most of my clients. Its many benefits are notable for health and wellbeing. Its becoming one of the world’s oldest and most versatile crops, and has emerged as a nutritional powerhouse to the western world. In my family who are South Asian, it was always a seed put into power pinni balls as a child and our parents told about not eating too much as it is heat producing. We listened and ate when it was given to us and infused our knowledge with the ayurvedic ways our parents and grandmother brought with them to the UK from India.
Little did I know how important this tiny seed would be in my life and what a powerhouse it would be. This tiny, golden nutty seed is one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 rich fats which in my view is an essential for reducing the impact of stress in peoples busy lives where self care can often go to the wayside. Its abundant in lignans —
Lignans are antioxidants that help support the immune system and excellent for balancing hormone levels in the body. For women, they help balance Estrogen levels; in men, they help balance the testosterone-DHT relationship and inhibit certain enzymes needed to convert testosterone to DHT which lower DHT levels, which may shown to improve prostate health and may help maintain testosterone levels.
In people and animals, lignans inhibit HSD enzyme, which simply means it helps reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
They are also good for anti-Oestrogenic effects as they can help to prevent naturally occurring hormones from binding to Oestrogen receptors. Anti-Oestrogen can block the effects of the sex hormone Oestrogen which is a natural steroid hormone which is primarily responsible for regulation of the female reproductive cycle. Strategies to lower Oestrogen levels and block Oestrogen’s actions with anti-Oestrogen substances are used to correct high levels of Oestrogen as they become more dominant causing imbalances in the sex hormones.
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