If you haven’t incorporated flaxseeds into your healthy diet yet, it may be time to start. Flax has been around for centuries and has been used across continents because of its health benefits.
Small but mighty, flaxseed is one of the most nutrient-dense foods around and since it can be used in so many ways, it’s easy to get your daily dose of this amazing plant.
Benefits of Flaxseed
Antioxidants – Flaxseeds have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which guard your body against damage.
Cancer Protection – The antioxidants in flaxseeds provide protection against cancers and heart disease. Studies have shown eating flaxseeds can significantly lower the risk of developing breast, prostate and colon cancer. They can also help prevent tumors from forming in new blood cells and inhibit the growth and spread of cancer.
Digestive Health – Flaxseeds contain soluble and insoluble fiber improving movement of food through the intestines as well as helping to promote absorption of nutrients in the body. Because they contain soluble fiber, eating flaxseeds also keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Skin Health – Flaxseeds can improve the appearance of skin by reducing levels of DHT in the body. They contain Omega 3 fatty acids which is instrumental in healthy growth and development of skin cells. These fatty acids also help keep skin hydrated and moisturized by increasing the body’s natural oil production
Hair Health – The Omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseeds help increase the hair’s elasticity making it stronger and less prone to breakage. The anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the appearance of dandruff and other scalp conditions and even help prevent hair loss and promote the growth of healthy hair.
Uses of Flaxseed
Ground Flaxseeds – Flaxseeds can be incorporated in casseroles, meatballs and even as an egg substitute in baked goods. Top your morning yogurt or cereal with the ground variety or add to your smoothie for a morning boost.
Flaxseed Oil – The oil derived from Flax is great for skin as a moisturizer and hair as a conditioner. You can also consume the oil in place of any recipe that calls for vegetable oil.
Scrub – Prepare a healthy face and body scrub from ground flaxseeds to exfoliate the skin. Combine flaxseed powder with yogurt and honey and mix well for a gentle wash.
It is recommended to consume 2 tablespoons of flax each day for maximum health benefits. Flaxseeds are high in calories and can have a laxative effect if taken in large quantities, so stick to that 2 Tbsp limit.
Be sure to store your flaxseeds properly as they can lose their nutritional value if exposed to air or sunlight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life.
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