Eat seeds when looking for nutrient power to supercharge your energy, prevent disease, and power up your health. Seeds contain some of the highest nutrients like fiber, magnesium, potassium, and PUFA’s (Polyunsaturated Fats). Chia and pumpkin seeds are good choices. However, adding flaxseeds into the mix will bring power to the fusion.
Flaxseeds are tiny seeds. They can be brown or golden, but there is no difference in nutritional value. The best thing about flaxseeds is they are tasteless, so you cannot complain about not eating healthily. Also, you can sprinkle them on anything.
- Add flaxseed powder to your water or your smoothies.
- Mix it with yogurt, cereal, granola, oatmeal, rice, or potatoes.
- Sprinkle it on your salad or put it in your soup.
- Add them to your eggs and omelets.
- Incorporate them into your baked cookies, brownies, pies, and muffins.
The only recommendation is, just don’t fry them. Frying destroys all their nutritional content.
Grinding them into a powder is highly recommended. When grounded, the nutrients are more likely to get digested. However, when you eat them whole, they will pass through the other side undigested, and therefore you will not get the flax benefits. The flaxseed shell keeps the PUFA’s and nutrients well protected inside.
So, do like I do. First, buy the flaxseeds, so they are fresh. Then, use a coffee bean grinder to grind them up. Grind enough for about 3 to 4 days and refrigerate them to preserve the nutrients. Also, make sure you put them in a sealed tight container. This helps prevent the seeds from oxidation.
You can consume 3-4 tablespoons a day. That is more than enough to help prevent disease.
USDA Nutritional Facts for two tablespoons of grounded flaxseeds is about 75 calories.
- Protein: 2.6 g
- Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrate: 4 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- PUFAS with Omega-3: 3.6 g
- Calcium: 36 mg
- Magnesium: 55 mg
- Potassium: 114 mg
Flaxseeds Prevent Disease
Flaxseeds are great to prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, etc. Flaxseeds reduce inflammation drastically, which is why they have a lasting effect on your health. When the body has less inflammation, the better It can function, the more energy it will have, and the better and faster it will recover.
Inflammation is what invokes disease and disrupts the body’s ability to repair. The true power of flax seeds acts as an anti-inflammatory and works as an antioxidant.
May Protect and Prevent Cancer
Flaxseeds contain something called lignans. Along with PUFA’s, lignans help protect the body from oxidation and cancer. That is why flaxseeds have antioxidant power as well. A few studies have shown the reduction of tumor growth in women with breast cancer and prostate cancer in men.
Can Lower Cholesterol
In a study with flax seeds, people with peripheral artery disease ate four tablespoons of flaxseeds per day. The results decreased LDL’s, the bad cholesterol, by about 15%.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Flaxseeds stabilize and control blood sugar. The soluble fiber in flaxseeds is the reason it helps lower and maintains blood sugar normality.
Helps with Hunger and Weight Control
Flaxseeds, like chia, contain a protective coating called mucilage that surrounds the shell. The mucilage is very high in fiber. And when mixed with water, it swells, making you feel full. They are great for combating the feeling of hunger.
It is so simple to get these benefits. All you need to do is take a tablespoon and sprinkle. But, if you are interested in a more potent concoction, well, listen up. I like to combine chia and flaxseeds. What chia is missing, flaxseeds have got. And what flax is missing, chia has. And, both are tasteless.
Adding flaxseeds is an excellent strategy to jump-start your health.