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Flaxseed, the Little Superhero That Could!

Flaxseed, also know as lineseed, is a very powerful little seed. It would be a very smart move on your part to add this to your daily intake of nutrient dense foods. Now why is that? I am so glad you asked!

Flaxseed contains a lot of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans (antioxidants). These are very important factors that can help with digestion, healthy skin and hair, and protect against radiation toxicity. But, it doesn’t stop there, flaxseed has also been shown to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and is great at fighting cancer.

 

Flaxseed has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve arterial health, lower blood pressure and is great at fighting cancer.

Flaxseed isn’t very expensive and a little will go a long way. Buy it organic as a whole seed. You want to grind it up before eating it. I do not recommend buying flaxseed that has already been ground as it goes rancid a lot quicker, and you never really know how long it has been sitting in that bag. Add it to your salad or food as it is. If you want to pick it up another notch, you can soak or sprout the seeds first and then grind them.

Why not eating them just as they are? All the good stuff that we want is inside the seed. If we don’t break it open first, the seed will just pass through our digestive system without us getting what we need from it.

What about the oil?
The oil is a great addition if you are looking for extra omega-3 fatty acids. Add it to your food, or just drink it straight from a spoon. Depending on the extraction of the oil from the seed, the taste can be very different.  I have tried a lot of different ones and found one that I really like. So, if you don’t like it the first time you try it, give another brand a chance. Always store the oil in the fridge as it is very sensitive to light and heat. Never cook with this oil, just add it onto the food afterwards.

For maximum nutrition and if I was on a budget I would choose to grind up the flaxseed myself. It’s cheaper, the whole seeds can be stored longer and you get all of the benefits in one go.

Make sure to drink enough water if you consume the flaxseed dry (not soaked), as they will absorb a lot of water in the digestive tract as they go through the system. If you want to learn even more on flaxseed here is a great article.

It’s the little things we do every single day that adds up. So add up on the flaxseed and let this little superhero help you!

Are you enjoying the Olympics and all the amazing athletes? I sure am! Have a great weekend everyone! 😉

 

 



Studies on Flaxseed and:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25740909 – Reduction in Blood Pressure

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19515737 – Reduction in Cholesterol

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24013641 – Reduction in Breast Cancer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19064574 – Reduction in Prostate Cancer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16314082 – reduced hyperactivity in ADHD

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21677123 – Vascular health and Blood pressure

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Are you chewing your Omega-3 capsules?

Has anybody ever asked you this question before? They should have, because it is a question that is very important. If you are not chewing your Omega-3 capsules you had better start right away. But first, let’s back up a little. Why do we need omega-3 in the first place?

Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s, are fats that are essential to our body, and that we are not able to make ourselves from other nutrients. That means that we have to eat them.  One of the most important functions of EFA’s in the body is to make sure that the cell-membranes are strong and can correctly do its job. We need fatty acids all the time since we are constantly building new cells, especially when we are still growing. When the cell-membrane is weak all sorts of things will go wrong, because the cells are the building blocks for everything. Depending on what type of cell has been weakened, for instance a nerve cell or immune cell, it will show up in different ways.

Musculoskeletal issues
Endocrine issues
Cardiovascular issues
Immune issues
Allergies, Skin problems
Depression

Because we are typically eating too many processed “bad fats” and not enough of the good ones (olive oil, coconut oil, butter, seed oil), we are currently in a state of deficiency. Even though we have so much food in the the western societies “Healthy Fatty Acid deficiency is an epidemic”. [1]

Linoleic Acid, known as Omega-6, and Alpha-Linoleic Acid, known as Omega-3 are essential to us. Typically we will have higher levels of Omega-6 in our bodies as they are more common in our diet, but we tend to be low on the Omega-3, hence the supplementation. For a whole food source of Omega-3, you can use Flaxseed, Flaxseed oil, Hemp seed and Walnuts.

A sign that you have very low levels of Fatty Acid’s in your body, is a permanent dry, scaly and bumpy skin, like chicken skin, usually starting on the back of your upper arms.[2]

Now, if you swallow a capsule whole, chances are very big that the capsule will not open in the stomach where it needs to open. Instead, it will continue into the small intestine and open up there. This is a problem, because the small intestine does not have the tools to take care of large fat molecules. The acid in the stomach is supposed to start that process. So, now we have large fat molecules hanging out in the small intestine. This irritates the lining of the intestine and can lead to leaky gut. And because the fat isn’t broken down properly in the right place, we will miss out on all the nutrients we are trying to add.

So, it is possible that you could have been supplementing with fatty acids for a really long time, but still not seeing any results. Talk about throwing your money in the gutter!

The solution is simple. If you are taking capsules, make sure you chew them open before swallowing. That way the stomach acid can do its job and break down the fat into tiny molecules. The taste isn’t always amazing…I suggest taking a sip of water and then just eat a bite of food right away. That way it should be no big deal.

 

Give digestion a chance to do its thing – chew your Omega-3 capsules!
😉

 

 


[1] NTA, NTC, Education Module 6, Fatty Acids
[2] Cure Your Child With Food, Kelly Dorfman, Chapter 6, A Case of Chicken Skin.
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