Flax is a seed that I eat regularly. It is very powerful and nutritional. You can really boost your health with Flax Seeds. Flax can be the ideal additive into your diet to promote weight loss, as the high levels of dietary fiber can help you to feel fuller and stave of hunger pangs and food cravings. Add some ground flax to your breakfast cereal and see for yourself how much more filling it becomes. Flax can play an active role in helping us to ward off health problems like heart conditions, inflammation and strokes. It even helps in the fight against cancer and diabetes, plus a number of other health benefits. People use it to help with high cholesterol problems and find that it has helped me reduce my cholesterol score, along with other dietary changes.
Flax is the seed of a blue flowering plant native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Flax has been grown for thousands of years. The first known growers were in the middle-east in around 7000 BC. Flax was also cultivated throughout ancient Ethiopia. Some of these ancient cultures also used it for food and medicines. There was also a growing market for flax linen cloth for clothing and sails for ships.
Nutrients In Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and and copper. They are also a good source of the minerals magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.
Different Ways To Use Flax
1. Add it to your scrambled eggs in the morning.
2. Sprinkle it on your vegetables.
3. Top your salad with it or add it to your favorite dressing.
4. Store your flax seeds anywhere. A huge advantage to whole flax seeds is that until they are ground they have a very long shelf life.
5. Designate a specific grinder for your flax and keep it clean so the oils won’t go rancid.
7. Put ¼ cup in your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese.
8. Blend it with your smoothie or protein drink.
9. Add it to your favorite meat or turkey loaf recipe, or hamburgers.
The Health Benefits Of Eating Flax
1. Protection from Free-Radical Damage – Flax is a rich source of lignans which protect against free radical damage.
2. Healthy Joints – The omega-3 EFAs from flax help promote a proper inflammatory response in your body, including your joints.
3. Eye Health – Research suggests that getting more omega-3 EFAs in your diet may promote eye health as you get older.
4. Moist, Healthy Skin – Because flax is such a rich source of EFAs, by adding ground flax to your diet can help moisturize your skin from the inside out.
6. Healthy Blood Pressure – The EFAs will promote normal blood viscosity, which will help with healthy circulation and normal blood pressure levels.
7. Healthy Weight – Soluble fiber in flax helps promote a feeling of fullness, which may help you maintain a health weight.
8. Normal Blood Sugar Levels – The soluble fiber helps to slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates resulting in more stable blood sugar and insulin levels. Great for those with diabetes.
9. Regularity – The healthy dose of insoluble fiber in flax bulks up the stool and helps it pass through the intestines thus keeping your bowel movements regular and your entire digestive system healthy.
10. Helps Keep Your Mind Sharp – Flax contains the most abundant plant source of alphalinolenic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid. The alphalinolenic acid is converted in the body into DHA and EPA (the same as found in fish oil), which will help improve cognitive functions.
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