Flax seed improves digestion, helps with clearer skin, improves cardiovascular health, cholesterol levels, hormone balance, helping with weight loss, treating constipation, even sugar cravings — and that’s just the beginning!.
One of the most well-researched benefits of flax seed is its ability to promote digestive health. The ALA in flax can help reduce inflammation and protect the lining of the digestive tract. Flax seed has been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from Crohn’s disease and other digestive ailments. Plus, it promotes beneficial gut flora even in people with “normal” digestive systems. The fiber found in flax seeds provides food for friendly bacteria in your colon that can help cleanse waste from your system. While fiber is important in helping the body ‘eliminate”, the strong fiber content of flax seeds also helps to delay gastric emptying – which will improve your absorption of nutrients.
Researchers rank flax seeds as the #1 source of lignans in human diets. Lignans are phytonutrients/antioxidants that are excellent at supporting the immune system, balancing hormone levels, reducing levels of the stress hormone (cortisol), lowering “bad” cholesterol, supporting good digestion, treating menopause symptoms, and improving cardiovascular health.
Oxidative stress and excessive inflammation are common risk factors for a wide variety of health issues, such as: development of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart/cholesterol problems, obesity, and cancer. Flax seed offers our bodies much needed anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection!
👉 Use ground, sprouted flax seeds for the most benefits. Consume about 2-3 tablespoons of whole or ground flax seeds (also called flax seed meal) daily. Storage of ground and whole flax seeds should be in the refrigerator (after opening).
TIPS ON HOW TO ENJOY FLAX SEED:
✅ Sprinkle ground flax seeds onto your hot or cold cereal.
✅ Add flax seeds to your homemade muffin, cookie or bread recipe.
✅ To give cooked vegetables a nuttier flavor, sprinkle some ground flax seeds on top of them.
✅ Bump up the nutritional value of your smoothies by adding ground flax seeds.