What if there was a natural addition to any diet that could reduce inflammation and fight cancer? These are just two benefits of flaxseed. What if there was an easy to digest food source that helped regulate blood sugar and also assisted in eliminating mood swings? Both are also included in the positive aspects of adding flaxseed to our meals.
This tiny little seed has been used for centuries as a natural health improver, but like so many of these simple cures, it doesn't get the mainstream media play that drives sales of shortcut options and fad diets. An entire industry was built around low fat diets. Large sections of stores were set aside to stock products hyped by celebrities as "weight loss miracles."
Then the truth came out about high carb, low fat diets. The truth came out in stunning explosions of diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease. Natural, long successful, simple additions to our diets can turn around these media hyped mistakes.
Flaxseed is one of those successful, simple additions.
Here are a few of the benefits of flaxseed when you add them to your diet choices.
* Reduced inflammation
* Reduced hot flashes in women
* Reduced mood swings
* Better digestion
* Better regulated blood sugar levels
* Probable protection against hormone sensitive cancers such as prostate and breast cancer
* Enhanced immune system
* Abatement of psoriasis and eczema conditions
* Lower blood pressure and reduced threat of blood clots
* Increased metabolic rate, (A natural weight loss program)
* Natural laxative
As I wrote in our page about Omega 3 fatty acid, there are two parts. EPA is an omega 3 property found in cold water fish, while ALA is found in nuts. It is also one of the benefits of flaxseed. In fact flaxseed is one of the highest plant sources of ALA.
Another benefit of flaxseed as mentioned above is a steadying of mood swings. Omega 3 plays a huge part in this process as well as being an inflammation fighter.
Adding some ground flaxseed to your meals will increase absorption of Vitamins B,C and Vitamin D. Because flaxseed falls into the category of healthy, essential fats, these vitamins are easily absorbed and digestion is also much more efficient.
A huge benefit of flaxseed is the fiber content. While grains are fiber providers, they also contain starch. And as we've learned from Dr. Perlmutter's book, "Grain Brain", we must be aware of the potential effects of carbohydrates and grains in terms of brain and heart health. You can find that edition in our list of classic books located in the left margin of every page.
Flaxseed fiber sets up perfectly to help regulate blood sugar because our bodies can break down this type of fiber much easier than grain varieties. The healthy fat characteristic also helps to give us that "full" feeling which leads right into natural weight loss.
I've already written that the Mediterranean diet is in my opinion, the very best natural weight loss program because it relies on healthy food to lower belly fat while enhancing our bodies own self-defenses. And flaxseed is part of that meal direction.
Another benefit of flaxseed is it's ability to feed the "good bacteria" in our gut. We're learning more and more about how what goes on in the digestive tract works together with blood flow and brain function. When one part breaks down, the whole system suffers.
To get the full benefits of flaxseed, I'd suggest grinding up a cup or so and storing it in a colored container in the fridge. Ground flaxseed provides all the nutrients available from this little, inexpensive health enhancer. But it doesn't stay fresh for a long time.
I like to sprinkle it on oatmeal, eggs or even lean turkey for lunch. I know of people who bake with it, although I think this process may cut down on the full health advantages a little bit. But this is still better than not using it at all.
For those who like smoothies, adding in some ground flaxseed is a great choice. I've included this link to offer some possibilities and an added explanation of the many benefits of flaxseed.
Modern science has done amazing things. We've seen breakthroughs that have improved the quality of so many lives. And there will be more to come. Some of them will occur when we look back to what has worked for years. In his book "The Simple Heart Cure", Dr. Chauncey Crandall writes about some of these natural diet choices as methods of helping our body heal itself.
This very old, time-tested seed will do incredible things for your long term health.