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flax

a flowering annual herb found in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
uses The seeds are used for constipation and as a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
contraindications It is contraindicated in people with bowel obstruction and dehydration. It is also not recommended during pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity to this product. It should not be used as a poultice on open wounds.

flax

Herbal medicine
An annual, the oil and seeds of which contain a cyanogenic glycoside, fixed oils (e.g., linoleic and linolenic acids), mucilage and protein; it has been used internally as a laxative and antitussive, and topically to treat burns.

flax,

n Latin name:
Linum usitatissimum; part used: seeds; uses: inflammatory, laxative, anticholesteremic; uses under research: colon disease, eczema, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, arthritis, allergies, multiple sclerosis, cancer, lupus, menopause, renal cysts, hypertension, and hyperactivity; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with digestive blockage or dehydration, diabetes; unripened seeds are poisonous; can cause nausea, diarrhea, and gas, (overuse: weakness, dyspnea, tachypnea, paralysis, convulsions, and death). Also called
linseed, lint bells, linen flax, and
linum.
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Flax.

flax

Linum usitatissimum (cultivated flax, linseed) and L. catharticum (purging flax).

dwarf bay flax
daphnemezereum.
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1 cup oatmeal, uncooked 1 3/4 cups water 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts 2 Tablespoons maple syrup 2 Tablespoons raisins
It includes fish oils, rice bran oil, and organic flax seed oil--all known for their stability and omega-3 content.
Flax seeds may not be digested sufficiently even through a careful chewing as they are hard; and this causes them to be excreted without digestion.
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Natural flax seeds are used because they retain heat when microwaved, and emit moisture, which then is reabsorbed back into their core as they cool down.
The FlaxPlus Vanilla Almond Granola includes organic vanilla extract, almonds and flax seeds, which are said to be an excellent source of Omega-3s and additionally contain fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin E and calcium.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, oat bran, flax seeds, flour, baking powder, salt, peanuts, cranberries, and figs until well blended.
Ingredients: 1 cup pitted dates 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup dried apples 1/8 cup dried cranberries 2 tbs flax seeds (whole) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup carob powder Instructions: To prepare, soak dates and cashews together for 1 hour (strain and reserve liquid) and soak pumpkin seeds for 15 minutes (strain).
When it comes to grains, go for barley, brown basmati rice, buckwheat, bulgur wheat, stone-ground white or yellow cornmeal, whole wheat couscous, flax seeds, rolled oats, kasha, instant or regular brown rice, quinoa, wild rice or polenta.
Large bowl of oatmeal porridge made with skimmed milk topped with a sliced banana and a sprinkling of flax seeds
If you like edamame (Japanese soy beans) you're in luck, and wheat germ, flax seeds, walnuts, and canola and fish oils are also great sources.
These natural oils are found only in cold water fish, flax seeds, and a handful of other foods that are often expensive or difficult to obtain.