Is Flaxseed a power food? Some experts think so. Flax can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke.
Flaxseed can be found in crackers, cake, bread, oatmeal and oatmeal to list a few. The Flax council estimated that nearly 300 new flax products were released in 2010. Flax consumption has gone up dramatically as people are learning more about their health!
The biggest health benefits of Flax are:
- Omega 3 essential fatty acid~each tablespoon of flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega 3 (the “good” fats)
- Fiber~flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble fibers
- Lignans~flaxseed contains plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains up to 800x more lignans than other plant foods.
Flaxseed has been used for centuries as a laxative…it not only improves digestive health but also is used to prevent constipation.
Flaxseeds can be bought either whole seeds or ground. If you buy the whole seed, you can grind it up in a coffee grinder yourself and store it in the freezer to extend the freshness. Ground flaxseed is easier to digest than the whole seed, which makes it easier to absorb.
Adding more flax to your diet is quite easy. Add a teaspoon to your oatmeal, or smoothies, or any morning meal. Add to your yogurt, or anything else. You can bake with flaxseed, either add it to your mix or I like to use ground flax to replace eggs in baked goods. Take 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and mix with 3 tablespoons water, let it sit the turn a bit gelatinous, add it and bake as directions call for.
Enjoy your flax daily…and enjoy feeling a little lighter on your feet!!