Why You Should Add Flaxseed Into Your Diet
Flaxseed has been touted as one of the most powerful foods on the planet. The health benefits flaxseed may provide are seemingly endless, including protecting against certain types of cancer, improvement of the cardio-vascular system and reduction of inflammation.
Below are a few reasons why you should add flaxseed into your diet today.
Flaxseed offers three main healthy components:
- Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. These are the “good fats” which benefit your heart. The American diet tends to be short on Omega-3s. These fatty acids support the anti-inflammatory system. Reducing inflammation means positively affecting Parkinson’s Disease, asthma and even plaque build-up in the arteries.
- Lignans. These contain both plant estrogen and antioxidants. Lignans can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Some studies suggest that lignans during adolescence may reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as increase survival rates of breast cancer patients.
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. As with Omega-3s, the American diet tends to be lacking when it comes to fiber. Fiber helps keep your digestive system regular, as well as helping to lower cholesterol.
Flaxseed is easy to add to the diet and comes in a variety of blends.
Whole flaxseed must be ground before consumption so the body can absorb its nutrients. Whole flaxseed will pass through the digestive system largely unused.
Flaxseed should be stored in a cool, dry place for maximum nutritional potency.
You can add flaxseed to your daily diet in several easy ways.
- Substitute a portion of the flour for ground flaxseed in baking recipes such as muffins, rolls, breads, pancakes and even cakes.
- Add it to prepared dishes like sauces, meatballs and meatloaf, stews, and casseroles.
- Mix it in with your smoothie, yogurt or oatmeal.
Aim for including 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed to your diet each day. Use more when preparing dishes that yield multiple servings.
**Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not add flaxseed to their diet until more is known**
To find out more information about Flaxseed and Pregnancy from the MayoClinic click HERE
Check out these easy and tasty recipes for including flaxseed in your diet.