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Ground Flaxseed

Whether you love it or you hate it, it is important to note that flaxseeds do more than just make excellent linen. Flaxseeds are super-seeds with powerful anti-inflammatory properties known to prevent cancer, heart disease and even improve brain health!

So, whether you choose to throw it into a smoothie – or top your pasta with it like I do; regularly incorporating flaxseeds into your diet is something that you simply cannot afford to overlook.

 

Cancer-Fighting 

Did you know that flaxseeds contain the highest amount of cancer-fighting phytochemicals above any other plant food? With that much promise, it really should be a requirement to toss a teaspoon or two into one daily meal.

The cancer-fighting lignans found in flax are key in regulating hormones because of their strong anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that this is particularly helpful in preventing and even reducing the effect of hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.

 

Heart-Healthy

In order to maintain a healthy heart, it is crucial to supply it with healthy fats – yes fat. One of the specific types of fat that our bodies can only get through diet is Omega-3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA & DHA). Studies have shown these fats are key in reducing the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, preventing the hardening of the arteries, reducing blood pressure and decreasing the accumulation of plaque. By regularly incorporating flaxseeds into your diet, you can decrease arterial inflammation and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

 

Brain-Boosting 

Depressed? Forgetful? Inattentive? Flaxseeds can help with that.

Low levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids are directly associated with cognitive decline, clinical depression, and ADHD. With our ever-increasing fast-paced and stressful world, it definitely doesn’t hurt to make the consumption of Omega-3 Fatty Acids a priority. Scientists suggest that a steady long-term intake of these fatty acids are sure to offer protection against age-related chronic disease. So the sooner you start… the better!

 

Organic Opulence’s Pick

When purchasing flaxseeds, the best type to look out for is organic ground flaxseeds (brown or gold). Consuming ground flaxseeds as opposed to the whole seeds increases your bodies ability to absorb all the nutrients flax has to offer while offering a rich source of fiber crucial for your digestive system. The best way to store flaxseeds is in a tight container placed in the refrigerator.

And if you are new to flaxseeds, medical experts recommend starting with 1-2 teaspoons daily and adjusting your intake over time.

 

For more information regarding the topics discussed in this article, feel free to visit the following resources:

Flaxseed – a miraculous defense against some critical maladies.
Flaxseed consumption reduces blood pressure in patients with hypertension by altering circulating oxylipins via an α-linolenic acid-induced inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase.
Dietary flaxseed independently lowers circulating cholesterol and lowers it beyond the effects of cholesterol-lowering medications alone in patients with peripheral artery disease.
Flaxseed and its lignan and oil components: can they play a role in reducing the risk of and improving the treatment of breast cancer?
Flaxseed reverses atherosclerotic lesion formation and lowers lipoprotein(a) in ovarian hormone deficiency.
DOG, TIERAONA LOW. FORTIFY YOUR LIFE: YOUR GUIDE TO VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND MORE. WASHINGTON, DC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, 2016