Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

I make a smoothie every morning for my breakfast, which includes: Orange Juice, Fresh Spinach, Carrots, Frozen Pineapples, Mango's, Banana and Strawberries... which Grounded flax seeds. I am normally full for the next few hours, then I have breakfast.
Some of the potential health benefits of flax seeds that have been reported:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods

  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types

    • Lowered blood cholesterol levels
    • Lowered high blood pressure
    • Increased energy, vitality, and stamina
    • Increased sense of calmness under stress
    • Reduced threat of blood clots
    • Protection against cancers, particularly hormone sensitive cancers such as breast and prostate
    • Better regulation of blood sugar levels
    • Eases inflammatory tissue conditions, including arthritis
    • Alleviation of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis
    • Enhanced immune system
    • Increased metabolic rate with a positive impact on weight management
    • Helps with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    • Natural laxative
    • And the list goes on

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