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Superfoods ~ The Amazing Health Benefits Of Ground Flaxseed

Updated on May 19, 2014

This is the first article in an ongoing series discussing natures best superfoods. I thought I'd start with a superfood that is right at the very top of my list, ground flaxseed! Ground flaxseed has so many benefits to human health and digestion that I truly feel it should be a part of everyone's daily diet. Ground flaxseed contains substantial amounts of fibre and is also a fantastic source of healthy fats (Essential Fatty Acids) that drastically improve human health.

Ground Flaxseed Vs Flaxseed Oil

Before we venture into the many health benefits of ground flaxseed you might be wondering why I'm specifically saying you should consume ground flaxseed instead of the more well know flaxseed oil? The answer is simple, fibre! Flaxseed oil doesn't contain the substantial fibre that ground flaxseed contains and we'll discuss why this fibre is so important in a moment. If your healthy eating plan also involves weight loss, I'd again advise you go for ground flaxseed over flax seed oil. Flaxseed oil is a more concentrated source of calories than ground flaxseed and although you'll get some health benefits from flaxseed oil, it'll bump up your daily calorie intake if you have too much.

It's also important not to eat whole flax seeds without grinding them first. Whole flax seeds are coated in a fibre that humans are unable to digest. If you can't digest the flax seed you won't get any of the health benefits. So what are the health benefits of ground flaxseed?

Flaxseed Lowers cholesterol

Ground flaxseed contains large amounts of soluble fibre which helps to lower cholesterol. It also contains healthy fats which increase the amount of good cholesterol in your bloodstream. It's a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad but that's not true. The increase in good cholesterol that comes from consuming ground flaxseed will actually bring down the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.

Flaxseed Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a big cause of most of the chronic illnesses people suffer from. Arthritis, heart disease and even cancer are all linked to inflammation. Consuming ground flax seed and the good fats it contains will help to lower the inflammation within your body.

Flaxseed Lowers The Risk Of Cancer

The fibre in ground flaxseed helps to properly detoxify your body. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet improves bowel function, food elimination and in turn reduces the risk of cancer. Consumption of the healthy Omega fatty acids ground flaxseed contains also helps to reduce cancer risk.

Perfect Omega Balance

Not only does ground flaxseed contain ample amounts of omega fatty acids but it also contains them in the correct balance to improve human health. Ground flaxseed contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. The interesting thing about ground flaxseed is that it contains roughly four times as many omega 3's as it does omega 6's, that's an almost perfect ratio to promote good health! Consuming more omega 6's than omega 3's in your diet can actually harm health by promoting inflammation within the body.

Adding Ground Flaxseed To Your Diet

I hope by now you're won over by the health benefits of ground flaxseed and want to add it to your diet on a daily basis, but how? I don't think you'll want to sit there eating teaspoons full of ground flaxseed, so you'll need to add it to something. You can add ground flaxseed to homemade bread or even sprinkle it on a salad. I've found the best way to include ground flaxseed in your daily diet is to mix it with your morning muesli. You won't even notice it's there but you'll be reaping all the wonderful health benefits ground flaxseed has to offer on a daily basis.

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      You will love it. You can always sweeten it with a few soaked dates or a small banana blended in. Blessings.

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      nutritionhub 2 years ago

      I haven't heard of Flax cream rawspirit, I'll have to try that one!

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Flax seed rocks. Naidu, its an excellent bowel cleanser. Grind it fresh in the morning and put two table spoons on your cearal, in your smoothie, or on your fruit. I also like to make flax cream. Its awesome on fruit. No need to be constipated. I use this as a basis to relive constipation with all my clients.

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      naidu 2 years ago

      it is helathy food for constipation

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      nutritionhub 3 years ago

      I always buy the Flaxseed that has already been ground Chuck, I can imagine it is a pain to do it yourself.

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      A friend gave me 3 pounds of organic flaxseeds because he bought too many. I am not using them now since they are a pain to grind. Instead I bought chia seeds and I am using them since they do not need to be ground.

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      LivingFood 4 years ago

      Lot's of great info! I haven't had these in while...but they are so good in smoothies.

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      nutritionhub 4 years ago

      Thanks Kejanny!

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      Kejanny 4 years ago from Port Moresby

      Very useful information. Thanks for sharing.

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      nutritionhub 4 years ago

      Hey KittHill, that's a great idea I've never thought to do that! I'll give it a try, thanks for the comment.

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      KittHill 4 years ago

      I "put" it in pancakes. Wow, I should have proofread that.

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      KittHill 4 years ago

      I out in in pancake batter, cupcakes, and anything I can. If you put in a lot, you get a nice nutty flavor. My children do not even know it is in most of the baked goods I make.