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Flax Seed, Fun Facts

6 September 2011 One Comment

Flax Seed, Fun Facts

What is Flaxseed? Derived from the flax plant, an annual herb believed to have originated in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians used flaxseed for nutritional and medicinal purposes. They also used the fiber contained in the flax plant to make clothes, fishnets, and other products. Throughout history, flaxseed has been primarily used as a laxative. It is high in fiber and a gummy material called mucilage. These substances expand when they come in contact with water, so they add bulk to stool and help it move more quickly through the gastrointestinal tract, thereby acting as a laxative for constipation.

It has also been shown to reduce risks in heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and hot flashes for women in menopause.

*Great info obtained from Millers of Natural Foods:

What’s inside each flaxseed and found flaxseed meal could be better health, spelled F-L-A-X:

F is for Fiber: It’s amazing how much fiber a little flaxseed contains. Just two tablespoons of flaxseed meal delivers 4 grams of fiber, as much fiber as 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal! Studies suggest that when flaxseed meal is added to the diet, harmful LDL cholesterol drops, while good HDL cholesterol stays put. Regularity improves, also.

L is for Lignans: Here’s where the flaxseed story gets major points. Flaxseed contains high levels of natural antioxidants called lignans. The lignans in flaxseed can bind with circulating substances that might promote unchecked cell growth. Many plant foods have some lignans, but flaxseed has at least 75 times more than any other. To get the lignans that are in just two tablespoons of flaxseed meal, you’d need to eat about 30 cups of fresh broccoli.

A is for Alpha-linotenic Acid: Modern diets – even healthy ones – are routinely deficient in omega-3s. Flaxseed is a mega-source for the plant version of omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid. The oil in flaxseed is about 50% alpha-linolenic acid. Canola and walnut oils, the next highest sources, have about 10%. But most foods have far less. One serving of flaxseed meal contains 2400 milligrams of omega-3.

X is for Excellent choice: Should you consider adding flaxseed meal to your diet? Absolutely! Many doctors and nutritionists recommend it.

Here are some suggestions on how to use  Flaxseed Meal, it has a nutty flavor (you should use ground meal):

  • sprinkle on hot or cold cereal 
  • blend into juice or smoothies (I add it to my shakeology)
  • Sprinkle on salads or cooked vegetables
  • add to meatballs or meatloaf
  • sprinkle on yogurt (love it on yogurt!)
  • mix into casseroles and baked goods (muffins, cookies or breads)

I have been adding flaxseed into my diet for about two weeks now and I love it!  Be sure to use the ground meal (you can buy the seeds and ground your own) to get the most benefit and absorption. Store it in an airtight, dark container in the refrigerator or freezer. Use no more that 2Tbsp per day. If you experience an increase in flatulence or  other gastrointestinal issues, start with only 1 tsp per day and work up from there!
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  • Jim said:

    I’ve used flax as a supplement. It will definitely get you going:)

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