Why You Should Add Flaxseed to Your Menu
By Sandy Schroeder
Flaxseeds turn out to be small seeds with an impressive health resume. Some researchers are calling them superfoods. Here’s a quick look at some of their benefits.
- Lowers bad cholesterol – They are reported to be as effective as statins without the side-effects.
- Cuts sugar consumption – Reduce your cravings, lose weight and avoid diabetes.
- Upgrades digestion – Healthy fiber that promotes good digestion.
- Improves immunity – Help to prevent ovarian, breast, prostate, melanoma and colon cancer.
- Tames inflammation – Improving arthritis and asthma.
- Helps the heart – Protecting post-menopausal women from heart disease.
- Cold, flu fighter - Anti-viral, antibacterial flax may keep you healthier with fewer colds, less intensity.
- Omega-3 jackpot – Flax is considered one of the highest plant sources of omega-3s. Protects the digestive tract and helps improve skin conditions like acne.
- Probiotic – Flax promotes probiotics in the gut, helping to remove bad bacteria and yeast.
- Cancer fighter – Studies show flax may help reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial, and other hormone-related cancers. Studies also indicate flax may decrease the risk of breast cancer.
Looking closer, flax is a gel-forming fiber that slows the stomach down, which keeps you feeling fuller and helps you fully absorb nutrients, improving digestion, increasing fat loss, detoxing the colon and cutting sugar cravings.
It’s also a nutrient bonanza that benefits nerves, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver and heart. Vitamin B1, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, and Selenium are all part of the dividends, helping to build healthy bones and teeth, encouraging good sleep, and repairing the body’s cells.
Ways to Add Flax to Your Foods
Flax has a light, nutty flavor that blends well with soups, salads, cereals or baked goods.
- Sprinkle on hot oats or cold cereals.
- Mix into mayonnaise or mustard.
- Add a dash to salads or soups.
- Add to sauces, meatloaf, meatballs or casseroles.
- Mix into batter for muffins, breads and cookies.
- Add to your favorite yogurts and smoothies.
However you choose to use flaxseed, you may find yourself using more and more. I have watched heart patients make good use of flaxseed, merging it into their low-fat, high-protein diets.
A favorite aunt of mine lived to be 94. She was never without her bag of ground flaxseed, topping her bowl of hot oats every morning, stirring it into her yogurt, and mixing it into homemade breads and muffins. Following her cue, I use it to top my oats too, and mix it into a lot of my cooking. Look for recipes online and put it to work in your menus for a solid health boost.
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