Cold & Flu
Cold and flu viruses are known to spread rapidly from person to person. While most cold and flu cases aren’t life-threatening, they have been known to put people out of commission for days at a time. More extreme cases can result in death, especially if the affected person has an underlying health condition that compromises their immune system. In those cases, or when experiencing severe cold and flu symptoms, it’s always a good idea to seek treatment from a healthcare professional. However, there are some alternatives that will aid in the prevention and alleviation of cold and flu symptoms.
An article posted by The Healthy praises the use of flaxseed and flax lignans to improve general health, prevent certain cancers, and as an immune system booster. Eliminating inflammation from the body is also beneficial for a healthy immune system. Flax is rich in omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a known anti-inflammatory. Flaxseed and lignans also contain antioxidants that not only benefit overall health and but can help the body fight off illnesses. In fact, research has found flax lignans to contain a higher level of antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Lignans are especially beneficial to the immune system because they contain phytoestrogen, which plays a vital role in the body’s ability to fend off cold and flu viruses.
Whether or not you have a serious medical condition that weakens your immune system, limiting the effects of cold and flu viruses is essential. Incorporating flax hull lignan oil, capsules, or powder into your diet can strengthen your immune system. With a stronger immune system overall, your body is less susceptible to cold and flu viruses. If cold or flu symptoms do occur, they will be less severe thanks to the phytoestrogen and antioxidants found in flax hull lignans. In addition to fighting off viruses, lignans have been suggested to be effective at relieving arthritis symptoms, balancing hormones, and improving cholesterol.
Important Note: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. It is up to the individual reading this to seek expert medical advice and not rely on this information to diagnose, treat, prevent, or attempt to cure any disease.