Have you tried flaxseed yet? Do you know the benefits of flax? Here’s my list of 4 benefits of flaxseed and why you should consider adding it to your diet.
Benefits and Nutrients of Flaxseed
Anti-inflammatory system – “essential” omega-3 fatty acids means they must be consumed because our body doesn’t make them and plays an important role with inflammation.
Keep bowels regular – flax is a great source of fiber.
Reduce breast and prostate cancer risk – flax contains lignans which alters the way your body metabolizes estrogen into safer forms.
Regulate hot flashes and menstrual cycle – daily dose of 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed recommended to reap the benefits.
[iconbox title=”Tip” icon=”Key.png”]Flaxseed contains 8 grams of fiber per tablespoon.[/iconbox]
How to Start Using Flaxseed
Start slow using one teaspoon of ground flaxseed then over time increase so as not to experience bloating. There are endless possibilities of foods that you can add this nutty flavor of fiber like cooked oatmeal, yogurt, protein shakes and more!
Best Way to Store Flaxseed
Whole flaxseeds are recommended for longer shelf-life. Store them in an airtight container in a dark, dry and cool place keeping them fresh for several months. You can grind up the flaxseeds as needed using a coffee grinder.
Ground flaxseed is ready to use so it’s more convenient. Purchase ground flax in a vacuum-sealed package or have been kept refrigerated. Once the flaxseed has been ground it’s more prone to oxidation and spoilage.
Flaxseed oil should be cold pressed in an opaque bottle that has been refrigerated. The oil has a sweet nutty flavor and can be added to foods after cooking rather than cooking with it.
Store ground flaxseed including the whole flaxseed you grind at home in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months and in the freezer for 1 year.
[iconbox title=”Tip” icon=”Key.png”]Flax is a plant source of omega-3 and only contains the ALA, alpha-linolenic acid. So you still need the other two omega-3 fatty acids; DHA, docosahexaenoic acid and EPA, ecosapentaenoic acid.[/iconbox]
One of my top 4 superfoods is flaxseed. Read about it in my earlier post: 4 Top Anti-Aging Superfoods.
Have you tried adding flaxseed to your diet? If so, comment below what some of your favorite foods are that you have added flax to?
A few of my favorites are yogurt, protein shakes, oatmeal, salads and soups.
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Cheers to a Healthy Day!