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Flax Seed Benefits
I really wanted to highlight flax seed as it has so many nutritional benefits and i think it should be apart of everyone's daily diet.
Now when purchasing flax seed, you will find it comes in two different colors - golden and brown, no need to decide which one to buy as both contain the same nutritional values! I would recommend buying the ground down or milled flax seed as its sometimes called. The reason for this is that the flax seed has an outer shell made up of fibers which are indigestible to us. So if you eat the whole flax seed, your body isn't able to break it down to access the healthy fats and nutritional benefits locked inside. However, if you do buy the whole seeds, you will need to made sure you grind them down - best done with a coffee grinder.
Why will flax seed help me?
- Flax seed is going to lower your cholesterol, this is because the seeds contain soluble fiber and healthy fats (Omega 3,6) This increases your healthy cholesterol and reduces the bad cholesterol.
- Reduces high blood pressure. Many of us in this society have high blood pressure and i would strongly recommend taking flax seed alongside your medication to help bring the pressure down naturally.
- Works to reduce inflammation - great for problems such as arthritis, heart disease and many types of cancer. Foods containing healthy fats such as flax seed are great to reduce painful inflammations.
- Helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers, this is because of its high fiber and rich omega 3,6 content.
- Flax seed is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. It actually contains 4 grams of fiber per 2 table spoons - this is a great concentrated source of fiber.
- Flax seed actually has mild laxative effects, now this is great for people that suffer with constipation and people not consuming enough fiber in their diets already as fiber is essential for maintaining a good healthy digestive system.
- Flax seed contains 2500 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids and 650 milligrams of omega 6 fatty acids (these are the healthy fats essential in your diet) This works out as a ratio of roughly 4 - 1 which is perfect as your body actually needs to consume more omega 3 than omega 6 to reduce inflammation, as consuming to much omega 6 on its own can increase inflammation.
- Flax seed works brilliantly as a crunchy nutty garnish which you can add to your yogurt, salad, oats, smoothies, protein shakes and even baked goods.
- Two table spoons of flax seed is only 70 calories!
So there are many benefits and easy ways of adding flax seed to your diet, its great to use and adds a lovely nutty flavor. You can add it to homemade breads, cookies and cakes, so there are no excuses!
Flax seed in my opinion is essential and more people need to know about its health benefits, a fantastic little seed!
I would recommend taking 1 - 2 table spoons per day, flax seeds will store for up to a year as whole, and 30 days when ground down (refrigerate once ground down)
Here's an idea!
Breakfast flax seed smoothie
- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened frozen mixed berries or blueberries
- 1 small banana, sliced
Add the flax seeds orange juice, yogurt, mixed berries (or blueberries), and banana. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy ( if your flax seeds were whole, make sure you have ground them down first)
Saturated Fat: 0g