flaxseed

Definition / meaning of flaxseed

Seed isolated from one of several species of the plant genus Linum. Flaxseed-derived foods, lignans, and essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid, possess anti-inflammatory, lipid-lowering, antioxidant, and antineoplastic properties.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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