Sunday, December 20, 2009

All About Flax Seed

Flax is a little brown seed with lots of great omega 3 oils. But don't put it in your grinder! I did once and had disastrous results. Use a coffee grinder to break up the seeds to receive full nutritional benefits.

Health Benefits:
  • Contains a plant-based omega 3 fatty acid, similar to that found in salmon
  • Can help lower cholesterol
  • Can help lower blood triglyceride levels and blood pressure
  • Contains Lignan--an antioxidant that contains fiber and has been shown to significantly reduce cancer--especially breast cancer
  • A great source of soluble and insoluble fiber
What Flax is great for:

I like to put flax in my breakfast smoothie each morning (about 1 T. per serving), but it is easily added to lots of foods. Sprinkle some on your cereal in the morning, on your salad, or in the dough you are baking. You don't need a lot to get the benefits.

Keep flax in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh. This is a must if it is ground. Otherwise the oils will start to spoil.

Click here for my recipes using Flax

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