Flaxseeds For Omega-3’s and Antioxidants
When Dr. Galland introduced the amazing immunity—boosting benefits of flaxseeds in Superimmunity for Kids, parents took notice. As one of the worlds leading authorities on nutritional medicine, he has championed the benefits of flaxseeds in scientific papers, lectures, books and interviews.
Now flaxseeds are getting trendy, turning up as a star ingredient for recipes in health magazines and for good reason: these little seeds pack a big nutritional punch. Flaxseed contain fiber, beneficial omega-3 fats and antioxidants. Eating flaxseeds can support cardiovascular health, help weight loss, and help prevent diabetes. And studies show flaxseeds can boost your mood and fight inflammation. These benefits are why flaxseeds are a star ingredient in The Fat Resistance Diet, our all-natural weight loss program.
Ground flaxseed contains three beneficial components:
• alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid
• lignans, a group of phenolic antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering effects.
Cut High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Studies indicate that consumption of flaxseeds may be associated with:
• reduced blood levels of cholesterol (including the dangerous LDL-cholesterol)
• reduced blood levels of triglycerides, another risk factor for heart disease
• reduced absorption of sugar from food
• decreased levels of chemicals involved in producing inflammation, like C-reactive protein (CRP).
• increased blood levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) the omega-3 fatty acid that boosts mood and fights inflammation.
For pre-menopausal woman, flaxseed can help to maintain a healthy ratio of estrogen to progesterone during the menstrual cycle.
Easy Tips to Add Flaxseeds To Your Day
We use freshly ground flaxseed rather than flaxseed oil in order to get the nutritional benefits of the alpha-linolenic acid and the high concentration of lignans found in flaxseed fiber. Because flaxseeds have a hard external shell you’re unlikely to absorb any significant amount of lignans or alpha-linolenic acid from intact flaxseed. When buying flaxseeds we prefer organic, because pesticides can accumulate in the fat-containing seeds, as indicated in Power Healing. We recommend grinding flaxseed fresh, using a coffee grinder, just before using it. Grinding takes about 10 seconds..
Breakfast is the perfect time to get your flaxseeds, added to smoothies or sprinkled over cold cereal. Dr. Galland starts the day by grinding 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds for Blueberry Cinnamon Bowl, a recipe from our book. Other great ways to add flaxseed include sprinkling over salads, mixing into yogurts or to top off a healthy dessert. We included lots of delicious recipes featuring flaxseeds, such as Omega Blast Granola, Blueberry Flax Pancakes and Carrot Raisin Muffins in our book The Fat Resistance Diet