Food As Medicine - Flaxseeds

I love how something so small can be so powerful and beneficial!

What is flaxseed? 

Flaxseed also is known as linseed, are the seeds that come from the flax plant. 

Most all of the flax plant is used. The flax fibers are used to make linens and rope and the seeds are used for food and also to make linseed oil used in woodworking.

Flax has been grown and cultivated for over 30,000 years, so it has been around for a while and the benefits for your health are amazing.

The whole flaxseed is not able to be fully digested so if you want to get all the wonderful benefits of this tiny powerhouse you have to eat it ground.

You can also buy it ground but it does spoil a whole lot quicker this way. I store mine in the fridge for this reason.

Flax is loaded with nutrition goodness and contains:

  • Omega 3's - Well known as a healthy fat with heart-healthy effects.
  • Lignans - These contain both plant estrogen and antioxidants to help with hormonal balance.
  • Fiber - Supportive for digestive health and a healthy weight.
  • Alpha-linolenic acid - Which can be anti-inflammatory.
  • Choline - Supports brain health and function.

Some of the benefits for your health:

Supports cardiovascular health - The Omega 3's and the Alpha-linolenic acid are supportive to the cardiovascular system and also help control excessive inflammation which can be beneficial with many different diseases in the body.

Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant - This doesn't just help support the cardiovascular system, it helps control overall inflammation in the body which can help with most disease.

Digestive health - Flax contains a good amount of fiber content including mucilaginous fiber. This is very supportive of your digestive system and can also help with nutrient absorption.

Helps with Post Menopausal Symptoms - Has been beneficial for some women with hot flashes and other post-menopausal symptoms by helping to balance estrogen levels.


Some of my favorite ways to enjoy ground flax are in my smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, sweetbreads, and sprinkled on yogurt. A lot of vegan baking recipes use what is called a flax egg as an egg replacement that works very well and is also very nutritious.

 If you need a recipe, I got you covered! 

Grab this delicious recipe for Banana Oatmeal Bake HERE!

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Xo and talk soon, T

 

 

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