31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #6—Enhance Your Diet with Flaxseed








Flaxseed

Flaxseed

 

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© 2014 Shanna Lea

An active lifestyle and a diet rich in protein, antioxidants and omega 3’s all work together to keep you healthy. Adding in flaxseed packs serious nutritional benefits to your health regimen. Let’s take a look at the major benefits of this tiny seed.

Flaxseed is Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Due to the high omega 3 content, flaxseed fights inflammation in your body. This makes it a powerful player in your nutrition program against heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma and various forms of cancer.

Rich in Fiber

Flaxseed contains high amounts of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar, protecting you from diabetes.

Flaxseed Contains Phytochemicals

Flaxseed is one of the best sources of antioxidants, phytochemicals and lignans—all of which help maintain the chemical balance in your body. Lignans are especially beneficial to women—promoting fertility, aiding hormone production and reducing risk of breast cancer.

What Type of Flaxseed is Best for Me?

There are several forms of flaxseed available on the market—whole, ground and sprouted. The best types are whole or sprouted. Ground flaxseed goes rancid quickly, so use a coffee grinder to powder flaxseed just before consuming to benefit from all the nutrients and microelements. And store the whole flaxseeds in the refrigerator. Or, choose sprouted flaxseeds, which can be consumed as is and does not need refrigerating.  For more information on flaxseeds, check out The Healing Power of Flax.

Sources:

Coffee Grinder

Krups Spice and Coffee Grinder

Flaxseeds

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Flaxseed

Sprouted Flaxseeds

Sprouted FiProFlax Flaxseeds from Health from the Sun

Book on flaxseed

The Healing Power of Flax

 



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