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Magic Seeds to Reduce Belly fat, Reduce Stress and Reduce Hunger Pains
Flax Seeds to the Rescue
Another magic weight lost aide comes in the form of a seed that can also make fishing nets, hair gels, soap, fabric and linseed oil. This is not something that I would consider eating to help lose belly fat, but Dr. Oz says its’ okay so I researched. King Charlemagne ruling in the 8th century thought so much of this magic power that he passed a law saying all his subjects must eat this seed. Flax seed is the new magic, well maybe not new; it was cultivated in Babylon in 3000BC. Flax seed is the current belly fat reduction remedy.
“It gives you healthy fat that satiates your appetite and gets rid of belly fat,” according to Dr. Oz. Flax seed have also been proven to reduce heart disease, reduce cancer, reduce stroke and help control sugar levels in diabetics.
The three main ingredients that provide the magic of flaxseeds include omega 3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. Dr. Oz isn’t the only one singing the phrases of flax. The George Mateljan Foundation web site, lists flaxseeds as the number one source of omega-3 fatty acids on their list of the world’s healthiest foods.
Lignans have plant estrogens and antioxidants. Flaxseeds have seven times as many lignans as sesame seeds, and 475 times as many as cashew nuts. It also has higher antioxidants than blueberries. It is these antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular disease and recent studies show a decrease in insulin resistance. Flaxseeds are the number one source of lignans. The flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.
That feeling full feeling
Flaxseeds are available in whole or ground form. Pre-ground form is more convenient but also has a shorter shelf life. Whole flaxseeds can last 6 to 12 months if stored in an airtight container in the dark. You should refrigerate after opening. Flaxseeds have a nutty taste. Add the seeds to cereal, muffin, cookies and bread, or sprinkle on vegetables. Dr. Oz recommends you have two tablespoons twice a day.
When trying to lose weight, you sometimes always feel hungry. Dr. Oz’s answer to this is chia seed. “The seeds are great for dieters because researchers believe they suppress appetite naturally.” Dr. Oz continues, “It makes you feel full, so without trying you can naturally begin to let those pounds slip off.” The chia seeds swell to nine times their weight once ingested. They are a rich source of calcium, proteins, minerals and fiber. Their antioxidants help the cells protect you from cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer. The chia seeds help slow the break down process of carbohydrates into sugar. This is a benefit to diabetics to help blood sugar level from spiking. The recommended daily amount is 15 grams per day. This can be added to salads, muffins, cookies, smoothies, or yogurt. Dr Oz says you won’t even know it is there.
Power Plants of Nutrition
If all these diets and additional seeds are causing you undo stress, reach for some wheat germ. “Wheat germ has a high amount of B vitamins, which helps the brain make those components to keep you in a good mood,” says Pina LoGiudice. Wheat germ is also rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Two tablespoons added to cereal, yogurt or anything you eat will keep you calm.
You should take flax and one of the other two choices to boost your weight loss or to just help feel better, have more energy and help prevent serious illnesses. Because all of these seeds have increase fiber, you should start off slow and see how your body reacts. Dr. Oz stated these seeds are the “power plants of nutrition.”