Laxative, flaxative.. Flax Seeds

Have you heard of or even used flax seeds? A friend of mine recently posted a recipe and she sprinkled ground flax seeds on top of her meal. I was interested and started doing a little research as to the benefits of using and eating flax seeds. I found out that these little seeds are actually a great source of fiber! It seems as if most of us are not getting enough fiber in our diet, and as a result our bowel movements are irregular. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. Using flax seeds is a great way of introducing fiber into our diet and regulating our bowl movements.

Flax seed is also a plant source of omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids is a key to fighting inflammation in our body. Inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. Most of the oil in flax seeds is alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which is an organic compound found in seeds, nuts, and many common vegetable oils. It is not only a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flax seed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

These little seeds are high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. The antioxidant benefits of flax seeds have long been associated with prevention of cardiovascular diseases. They contain lignans which can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Studies have also shown that flax seeds are great for women dealing with menopausal symptoms. It can greatly help reduce hot flashes.

To start using flax seeds, buy it whole and grind it yourself to get the most out of it. Preground flax seeds or flax seed oils loses the benefits of everything. Be careful when you do start using flax seeds as there is potential of bloating. When you do start using flax seeds, use half a teaspoon at a time before your body can adjust to it.  You can sprinkle it on top of a salad or into your vegan yogurt. These seeds have a nice nutty flavor to them. Try these in any baked goods like muffins, breads, or cookies.

Hopefully you can give this great seed a try and implement it into your diet. It has so many health benefits and it’s very easy to add into any meal you make as well.

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