Superfood Wednesday – Flax Seeds!

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This is our third week in and today we’re looking at a good one. Flax Seeds, among a bunch of other types of seeds (which we’ll be looking at in the future), are becoming quite trendy. These little gems can help in all kinds of ways – from preventing heart disease and cancer to common issues like digestive irregularity.  There are tons of health benefits from this Superfood and we’re about to rap out some of them.

One of the biggest benefit to Flax seeds is in digestive health. Low in carbs, Flax seeds have soluble and insoluble fiber. They can assist the reduction of gut inflammation – this is a huge plus for those suffering from Crohn’s disease, IBS, constipation, or other digestive issues. The ALA in Flax seeds help protect the lining of the digestive tract and support the growth of friendly bacteria in your gut which helps with colon detoxification.

The ALA and Omega 3s also can help support weight loss and inflammation. Flax seed can help reduce sugar cravings and the healthy fats and fiber can help you feel satisfied longer. An inflamed body will tend to hold on to more weight vs. a body that does not have inflammation. And as we know from the last two weeks, these natural anti-inflammatories can be very helpful to those with auto-immune diseases.

In addition, they’re great for your heart. Flax Seeds can lower cholesterol, lower high blood pressure, and decrease low-density lipoprotein. This combo can seriously help prevent heart disease. Also, according to some studies, incorporating Flax seeds into your diet can help prevent cancer. The Phytoestrogens have great value in blocking hormone-dependent cancers, like colon cancer, endometrial and ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.

Ladies – you’ll want to read this part…
Flax seeds can also help women with hormonal balance in all stages – on your period and beyond. You get relief from menopause discomforts like night sweats to moodiness. And for women who are not in the menopause stage, they can also help maintain cycle regularity. Have an issue with too much yeast or candida? They can help with that too.

What else? Well, this Superfood can help prevent issues associated with, diabetes, depression, asthma, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoporosis. They also have anti-viral and antibacterial properties and could help reduce severity of colds and flus. They’re great for your skin – alleviating acne, rosacea, eczema. They’re great for your hair – alleviating dryness and flakiness. They can also help with dry eye syndrome. Adding a little Flax Seed oil into other essential oils for a natural skin moisturizer, which is great for anti-aging. And lastly, Flax seed can help boost your brain-power!

What’s inside? Omega 3s, Vitamin B1 and B6, Copper, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Fiber, Manganese, Phytoestrogens, Phosphorus, Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Antioxidents
Good for: Healthy Heart, Digestion, Brain Power, Bone Health, Skin and Hair, Overall Health

Superfood Recipe:
Flax seed is gluten free!! And there are endless ways to incorporate them into your diet, so we don’t really have a full blown recipe this week, just a few ideas for you instead! Ground Flax Seed is the most beneificial way to digest.

  • Sprinkle into a morning smoothie
  • Grind up with your coffee beans
  • Add to yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, salads, steamed veggies, etc.
  • Add to meats – bake into meatloaf, add to chicken, fish, hamburgers
  • Bake some into your cookies, muffins, etc.

Let us know how you use this amazing superfood!!

Enjoy!

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