This week’s Healthy Habit impacts my own daily living. I suffer from joint pain on a regular basis and have noticed a significant change in both the frequency and the intensity of the pain once I started incorporating flax seed into my diet. Because of this, I have been interested in learning more about the benefits of flax and the different ways in which it helps our bodies. It is such a simple step that can be taken to increase our overall health. Here are some of the things that I have learned. (I will try not to get too technical!)
Here are just a few of the ways flax seed (especially ground) can benefit your body:
- Improve digestive health – high in fiber, omega-3’s, and omega-6’s
- Helps reduce total blood cholesterol – omega-3’s and omega-6’s
- Promotes weight loss and cardiovascular health – fiber makes you feel full, the flax emulsifies fats before the body absorbs them
- Boost immune system and relieve inflammation (pain in joints) – because it strengthens the immune system, it seems to suppress auto immune diseases
- Contains lignans, which are thought to have antioxidant properties that may reduce the activity of cell-damaging free radicals, thus having anti-cancer properties
- For a longer, more technical list, please visit this page.
Simple ways to incorporate it into your daily diet:
- Mix a tablespoon of it into your oatmeal or other hot cereal
- Mix a tablespoon of it into your yogurt
- Sprinkle on salads and soups
- Add a tablespoon to your smoothie
- Try mixing in a teaspoon to sauces
All information for this post was compiled from the following:
Livestrong – The Benefits of Flaxseed
Mayo Clinic – Ground Flaxseed: Better than Whole?
UC Berkeley Wellness Guide – Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil
Webmd – The Benefits of Flaxseed
Do you have any experience with using flaxseed in your diet? What have you discovered?