Flax Seed Powder
Flax seed is the seed of the plant called Linum usitatissimum and is used to make medicine. Flax seed is used for many conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as colon damage, ongoing constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammation of the large intestine lining, or irritable colon, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), sores in the lining of the large intestine (ulcerative colitis), and small intestine inflammation (enteritis).
In addition, flax seed rove to be rather effective for the treatment of the heart and blood vessels, "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease. This plant can be also used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), acne, kidney problems in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), breast pain, and symptoms of menopause. It is sometimes used for obesity, diabetes, and weight loss, depression, HIV/AIDS, malaria, bladder infections, and rheumatoid arthritis. Flax seed works due to omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber it contains.
Flax seed seems to be safe for grown-ups if taken by mouth when added to the diet. It increases the amount of bowel movements but can cause side effects in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, stomachache, constipation, and nausea. Large amounts of flax seed are able to block the intestines because of the laxative effects. To prevent it one should drink a lot of water with flax seed.
Flax seed extracts contain lignans, the chemicals responsible for many the effects of the product. One clinical research has proved that lignan extract can be safely used for 12 weeks. Raw or unripe flaxseed can be not safe as it is considered to be poisonous. Pregnant and breast-feeding women are advised to avoid taking flaxseed by mouth. It can act as the hormone estrogen. According to some healthcare workers, this can harm the pregnancy, even though there is lack of reliable clinical evidence supporting this fact.