Powerful Health Benefits…From Flaxseed…Who Knew?

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July 8, 2014 by Dr. Sana Keller

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Looking for a simple addition to your daily routine that provides a positive, powerful impact on your health? Among the many studies on the health benefits of these tiny seeds, recent research has shown that flaxseed neutralizes cancer-promoting hormones, stimulates bowel function, and enhances immunity. Flaxseed is a great source of ‘good-for-you’ omega-3’s which play a key anti-inflammatory role in your body.

Flaxseed Benefits:  benefits

  • Provides protection against cancer risk, especially breast, prostate and colon cancer
  • Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Decreases insulin resistance
  • Helps normalize cholesterol levels
  • Helps normalize blood pressure
  • Helpful in reducing menopausal symptoms (i.e. hot flashes)
  • Great source of fiber
  • Overall anti-inflammatory effect
  • Major antioxidant effect
  • Contains significant amounts of thiamine (Vit. B1), magnesium, copper, manganese, selenium and fiber
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Assists in body’s detoxification process

 

What To Look For:

Golden flax and Brown flax are similar in nutritional content with the exception of a specific strain of golden flax or yellow flax called Linola or solin, which contains much less Omega-3. Brown flaxseed is usually less expensive–a bonus! Organic is best if you have access to it.

grinderFlaxseeds have an outer coating that is impermeable and passes through our GI system without benefit, making it necessary to GRIND the flaxseed just before mixing with food. Only grind as much as you’ll use at the time since it quickly oxidizes and spoils. A small coffee grinder works well for this.

 

How Much and When:   tbsp

Since this is a fiber source, gradually increase the amount of daily flaxseed (ground), starting with ¼ to ½ teaspoon, working up to 1-2 tablespoons. It is important to maintain adequate hydration as well (½ your body weight, in ounces per day as a general guide) when adding flaxseed to your daily routine. It is best to consume your flaxseed apart from any medications or supplements to promote best absorption of them. Taking 30 minutes before a meal can be helpful with eating less at mealtime.

 

How To Incorporate Into Daily Routine:

Add to Smoothies, salads, soups, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, meatballs, and casseroles. Baking with freshly ground flaxseed doesn’t reduce the omega-3 fatty acid content, so substitute it for a portion of dry ingredients in muffins, cookies and breads as well. cereal

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There you go—Simple, Positive & Powerful Health Benefits—

Is flaxseed on your grocery list? list

 

As with many supplements and medications, the effects of flaxseed ingestion in pregnant and breastfeeding women is not known, so check with your health care provider.

Questions? Comments? Please share!

Sana Keller, MS, RN, CNC, MH, HHP    www.healthunlimited.biz

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