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Potential Benefits of Flaxseed in Health and Disease - A Perspective

Basavaraj Madhusudhan ; Nutraceuticals Research Group, Department of Studies and Research in Biochemistry and Food Technology, P.G. Centre, Kuvempu University, Davangere – 577 002, India

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str. 67-72

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Flaxseed has been known since the Stone Ages. Originating in Mesopotamia, it has long history of use in India and was a commonly used food before World War II. Flaxseed cultivation and popularity declined after the fall of Rome and gradually forgotten until 1990s. Flaxseed oil, lignan precursors and its mucilage have many potential uses in the prevention or treatment of disease as a nutraceutical (drug). Due to several health benefits dietary flaxseed is a valuable strategy to limit several life-style diseases including hormone-responsive tumor, cholesterol-induced atherogenesis as well as abnormalities in endothelialdependent vasorelaxation. As this insightful rediscovery shows, current nutritional understanding provides an excellent opportunity to reintroduce this important food to the world.

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flaxseed, forgotten crops, health benefits, modern potential

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