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Flax Seed and Arthritis

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 3 Jan 2014 | comments*Discuss
Flax Seed Arthritis Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Arthritis is a chronic joint condition. It can be either inflammatory or sometimes more degenerative. Around 387,000 people in the UK have rheumatoid arthritis - roughly 0.8% of the adult population. There are around 12,000 new cases a year.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by malfunctions of the immune system which cause normal tissue to be attacked as though it was pathogenic. This causes chronic inflammation which attacks joint lining. It can also lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, heart and lungs. The joints in the ands and feet are most commonly affected and if the disease is not treated the joints may become deformed.


Some of the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:
  • Swelling of the small joints, particularly the hands and feet.
  • General joint pain, stiffness and tenderness.
About a quarter of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers develop rheumatoid nodules, or hardened lumps, beneath the skin. The nodules usually develop during later stages of the disease in bony areas such as elbows, hips, heels, and back of the head. If rheumatoid arthritis causes persistent joint inflammation, then it can actually destroy cartilage and bone integrity. Deformity is most common in the feet and hands.


Most arthritis sufferers have antibodies called rheumatoid factors in their bloodstream, which enable doctors to perform a diagnosis of arthritis. These cause the inflammation common to the disease. Rheumatoid factor is also found in cases of chronic infection and in some other types of autoimmune disease, so it may not always indicate the presence of arthritis.

Flax seed

Flax seeds have natural anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes them beneficial for arthritis sufferers. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seeds are used by the body to produce prostaglandins. These are hormone-like substances which help reduce inflammation. They are found in animal fats, margarine, and various vegetable oils including corn, sunflower, and peanut oils.

To obtain the beneficial fatty acids from the flax seeds, they need to be ground first. You can buy either ground flax meal or whole flax seeds from a health food store and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder before use. Because it is high in oil, ground flaxseed will go rancid quickly. You can store flax meal in the freezer for up to one month or in the refrigerator for one to two days.

You can use flax seed;

  • In baking
  • Sprinkled on cereal or salads
  • In shakes
  • In soups or stews
Experts recommend using ½ gram of ground flaxseed per day, added to your meals. This amount of flaxseed appears to help lower cholesterol and decrease the inflammation of arthritis. One ounce of flaxseed contains 130 calories, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.

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How to make normal bread from Flaxseed It seems that does not work and how much of the flaxseed can man eat
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