I Purchased a 96oz. container of flax seed after meeting Ellie's Daughter at the Maple Grove Farmers Market last year. She described all the benefits that she had experienced from taking it and I thought "why not give it a try".
The main reason I think I bought it was she had mentioned it could curb your appetite, who wouldn't want that! Little did I know there were other health issues I had that the flax seeds were going to help me overcome.
I've had high cholesterol levels for over 3 years. I was taking the flax seeds daily for about 8 months when I had my annual doctor appointment. My doctor informed me that if my cholesterol levels were as high as they had been for the past three years she would strongly recommend as she had at previous visits that I start taking a prescription to lower it.
My LDL (Bad Cholesterol) had been at 181 (high, bordering on very high) and my total cholesterol level had been at 243 (High Risk) for the past 3 years. When the results came back my Cholesterol levels had dropped down to normal! 128 LDL and 205 Total!
I hadn't changed any of my eating habits or done anything to cause the changes they were reporting. After thinking about it on the way home I realized the only difference was I had been taking the flax seeds every morning with some juice and that is what lowered my cholesterol!
In addition to lowering my cholesterol the flax seed has also significantly improved my eczema. Since my son was born 11 years ago I have had problems with eczema. It was so bad that I would itch until I bled. It would travel across my body, showing up on my legs, arms and stomach in large patches. Since I started taking the flax seeds, my eczema has cleared up to the point where I only see an occasional small bump on my arm or leg that itches slightly but goes away quickly.
I would recommend taking flax seeds to everyone...you may be surprised by benefits you will receive!