Guest post by Jana from A Doctor and a Nurse
Flaxseed is found in all kinds of food these days (from oatmeal to crackers) so many people have heard of it, yet not everyone knows what it is, how to use it or why they should eat the highly nutritious, ancient seed. Flax is a powerful plant food that can give your current diet a healthy boost and you should start sprinkling it on your eats today!
What Is Flax?
Flax is a seed from a plant and has been used as food for thousands of years. It is popular today for its nutritional and health benefits. Flax can be purchased in seed, oil and flax meal form.
How Do I Use Flax?
Flax is best used in the form of flax meal. Flax meal is simply ground flaxseeds. It is important to use the meal because the seeds and oil do not absorb very well and your benefits will be limited. Flax meal can be found at your local grocery store and can be sprinkled on virtually any food you eat. You can also buy the seeds and grind them yourself. Their nutty flavor is appealing and adds texture, color, flavor and nutrition to the foods you eat and can easily sneak into your meals like chia seeds.
- Eggs, omelets and frittatas
What Are The Health Benefits Of Flaxseed?
The health benefits of flax include high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and its high fiber content. Omega-3s have been found to effectively combat many health problems including heart disease, some cancers, cognitive loss, inflammation and even depression.
Flaxseed has also been found to be effective in treating hot flashes in postmenopausal women. Two tablespoons of flax meal daily mixed into foods produced a 57% decrease in hot flashes with almost immediate results. You can also take menopause supplements like Menoquil to treat menopause and vaginal dryness.
Flax Storage Tips
Whole flax seeds can be kept in a cool dry place for up to one year. Some people like to store the seeds in their refrigerator, but they will also keep well at room temperature. Flax meal, however, should be stored in your freezer and discarded after 3 weeks. Freezing prevents damage from oxidative damage, thereby losing its nutritional value.
The health benefits of sprinkling flax are fantastic and the flavor is delicious. So, what is stopping you? Grab a handful and start sprinkling!
Where are you sprinkling your flax? Share your flax experiences below!
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