Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let's Talk Super Foods - Part 1 FLAX Seeds

Over the next couple days I am going to be running a serious on some of the wonderful super foods I have come to know and love and the benefits they have on our health.  I am going to start today with Flax seeds.  We will be discussing the health benefits of each food, how to use them and a recipe or 2 for each of them.

Flax Seeds

Health Benefits
  1. Improved Digestion - With just 2 tablespoons a day you can help eliminate the 5 to 25 pounds of waste that studies show we can carry in our colon.  The high fiber little seed helps move things along
  2. Improved Cardiovascular System - Most likely due to the omega-3 fatty acids, Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), fiber and lignans that are present that help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering elevated blood fat, and reducing blood pressure.
  3. Anti Cancer Properties - Consuming more flaxseed and laying off industrial fats found in packaged and refined foods helps to restore a health balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.
  1. Use flaxseeds to get the full benefit of the lignans which are not present in the flaxseed oil.
  2. Flax seeds must be ground in order to release their full nutritional benefits.  Whole seed simple pass directly through your system.
  3. Ensure to store the ground seeds in the fridge to prevent them from going rancid.  If the seeds smell foul they are rancid, throw them away.
  4. Garnish oatmeal, yogurt, salads, home baked goods. 

Simple Power Balls

Blog Archive