Flax: The genus Linum

Alister D Muir, Neil D Westcott 
CRC Press  2003  

Hardback  324pp  ISBN 9780415308076      £89.00
Linum usitatissimum is a widely distributed plant that has a long history of traditional use as both an industrial oil and fiber crop. It is known as linseed in the United Kingdom, or flax in North America. For the last 15 years, there has been a steadily growing interest in the medicinal and nutraceutical value of flax, including experimental evidence for its use in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular and kidney diseases.

This volume is a comprehensive review of the genus covering all aspects of the taxonomy, chemistry, cultivation, pharmacology and commercial uses of flax. It describes the disease prevention potential of these plants. With material written by leading experts, Flax: The Genus Linum will be an invaluable reference for those interested in nutraceuticals, medicinal plants, pharmacy and agronomy.


  • Introduction - History of the Cultivation and Uses of Flaxseed.
  • Cultivated Flax and the Genus Linum L.
  • Taxonomy and Germplasm Conservation.
  • Chemical Studies on the Constituents of Linum spp.
  • Cultivation of Flax. Principle Diseases of Flax.
  • Principle Insect Pests of Flax.
  • The Contribution of -Linolenic Acid in Flaxseed to Human Health.
  • The Role of Flaxseed Lignans in Hormone-dependent and Independent Cancer.
  • Flaxseed in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • Flaxseed and Flaxseed Lignans: Effects on the Progression and Severity of Renal Failure.
  • Mammalian Metabolism of Flax Lignans.
  • Flaxseed Constituents and Human Health.
  • Traditional Food and Medicinal Uses of Flaxseed.
  • Use of Flaxseed in Animal Diets to Create Consumer Products with Modified Fatty Acid Profiles.
  • Current Market Trends and Economic Importance of Oilseed Flax.
  • Current Regulatory Status of Flaxseed and Commercial Products Canada.

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