Flax seed and flax seed oil have been touted for their health-promoting benefits for decades. I have been a regular consumer of flax oil for years. Flax oil is one of the better sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, one of the most important nutrients out there for good reason:
Recently, Mike Adams drew my attention to the radioprotective qualities of flax. Here is a snippet:
The research focused on Flax seed’s ability to protect lung tissue prior to exposure and the ability of flax to repair damaged lung tissue after exposure. They used mice for their published study, but now they’re doing a clinical study on humans receiving radiation for cancer treatment.
Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou and his research team fed some mice flax seeds both before and others after radiating them. They found that both the before and after radiation flax fed mice survived even lethal doses of radiation in good health while many that weren’t fed flax died.
Not only did the flax fed mice survive, but they also managed to get healthier. They had higher body weight and minimal lung inflammation, which is common with radiation therapy treated cancer patients
Here is the abstract of the study itself:
Flax as Anti-Cancer
People have shrunk tumors or healed themselves of cancer by following the Budwig Diet, which includes lots of flax oil, for over 50 years. Evidence for the Budwig diet is largely anecdotal, however it is supported by research such as this study suggests that dietary flax seed may reduce the growth of tumors in patients with breast cancer.
Other Sources of Omega-3 Oils:
Many of the benefits of flax are due to it’s omega 3 oils, and it is reasonable to assume that other foods containing high amounts of Omega 3 oils may confer similar radioprotective benefits.
Fish have long been one of the best sources of omega 3 fats, however, with radioactive tuna showing up 6,000 miles away from Japan, people may want to limit the amount of fish (particularly larger fish from the pacific) they are eating. This is, of course, in addition to the load of heavy metals, such as mercury, which have been present in fish for some time.
Eggs from pastured chickens tend to be much higher in omega 3’s than factory chickens. Grass fed beef and dairy may have 2 to 4 times more omega 3’s than their grain fed counterparts. Organic is a must when it comes to animal products due to hormones and antibiotics.
Besides flax, other excellent vegetarian sources of omega 3 oils include chia seeds, hemp seeds and purslane (common edible weed). Chia and hemp seeds both deserve the term of superfoods. In addition to omega-3 oils, they offer superior quality protein. Purslane deserves mention because it is tasty, high in vitamin c and omega 3 fats, and grows like a weed because it is one. Chances are you have some growing in your neighborhood, if not your yard or driveway.