Comparing the regularity of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.
The risks associated with these supplements may outweigh the benefits.
The fiber in flax seeds and other whole plant foods is more than just about reducing our risk for the number one and two killers of Americans, heart disease and cancer. Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States leading to millions of doctor visits every year. More than just the discomfort constipation can increase risk for hiatal hernia, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and painful conditions with names like anal fissure. The biggest study on bowel movement frequency in history was recently published comparing the bowel habits of 15,000 meat eaters to 5000 vegetarians and a thousand vegans. The researchers conclude that being vegetarian especially vegan, is strongly associated with a higher frequency of bowel movements. Vegans for example were about 3 times more likely to have daily BMs. Like i always said, vegans are just regular people.
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Ground flax seed consumption may decrease breast cancer risk by slowing one's menstrual cycle. It may also control prostate enlargement as effectively as the leading prescription drug.
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