Benefits of Flax Seed
Flax seed and flax seed oil has certainly captured the
attention of the health field and individuals for quite some time, yet how much do people really know?
Here is some useful information regarding this amazing seed.
Flax seed contains the highest percentage
of both essential fatty acids (EFA's), the good fat. Hydrogenated and saturated fats are the bad fats,
try to avoid them (margarine and shortenings). Flax seed also contains lignins, which are plant estrogens.
They may help prevent breast, prostate, uterus and colon cancers. They prevent gallstones and are also
a powerful immune system enhancer. Flax seed will not make you fat, instead, it supports the proper function
of the brain, heart, nervous system, skin and sexual organs. Dr. Johanna Budwig says, "Flax seed is the
spark plug that cranks up fat metabolism". It works well as a laxative (two tablespoons flaxseed in a
glass of boiling hot water), so drink before it thickens up. Flax seeds contain vitamin A, B1, B2,
C, D and E, plus several minerals. It is rich in fiber and protein. Do not cook with flax seed, because
it will change its chemical structure and can make it toxic. Grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder to
crack its shell, freeze if not used immediately, as it will turn rancid quickly. Sprinkle it on everything.
Drink plenty of water, as the seeds soak up to 12 times their weight in moisture. You can not absorb
its nutrients unless the seed has been cracked or soaked. Flax seed oil is excellent when combined with
yogurt, or used in a salad dressing. The difference between golden and brown flax seed, is that the golden
flax seed has a higher protein content, but it doesn't yield as much oil. And, it's more expensive than
brown flax seed. Be sure to store whole flax seeds in an airtight container, away from the light, or
store in the refrigerator or freezer. Ground flax seed must be stored in the freezer, because the exposed
oil will become rancid quickly.
I use organic whole golden flax seed in my high energy granola
bars and I grind my flax in my shop, ensuring optimum freshness.
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