If you are looking for a great source of healthy fat, fiber and antioxidants, take a look at flaxseeds. These little seeds are easy to use, have an appetite-satisfying flavor and some big benefits. Flaxseeds are a great source of the omega-3 fats necessary for optimum nutrition. They might even help you lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. And, with a great nutty taste, ground flaxseeds make a wonderful addition to a healthy recipe. Making fresh and delicious homemade granola or a super smoothie is easier than you think. Or, you can just sprinkle some flaxseeds on your favorite dishes for a quick boost of nutrition, as we indicate below.
As one of the world’s leading authorities on nutritional medicine, Dr. Galland has long championed the benefits of flaxseeds in his lectures, books and interviews.
Studies indicate the powerful nutritional benefits of flaxseeds for general health, as well as weight loss and diabetes prevention.That’s why 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.
Seeds of Nutrition
Flaxseeds pack a lot of nutrition inside their hard external shell. That’s why we recommend grinding them fresh. Flaxseeds have potent antioxidants call lignans that can help reduce inflammation. They are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, a beneficial omega-3 fat. And flaxseeds have fiber.
Exciting research indicates that eating flaxseeds might contribute to substantial benefits such as lowered cholesterol, (including LDL-cholesterol), and lowered C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, an important measurement for inflammation. Flaxseeds have been shown to help slow the absorption of sugar from a meal. And for women, flaxseeds can help balance hormone levels such as estrogen and progesterone, decreasing cramps.
Enjoying flaxseeds is a snap, simply find them, then grind them. Finding them is getting easier all the time with natural sections springing up in supermarkets. Try to get organic flaxseeds, because oils can concentrate pesticides. When grinding, remember safety first. You can grind flaxseeds in a clean coffee grinder when ready to use, so they are fresh ground each time.
Toss about one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds:
• Into oatmeal.
• Over breakfast cereal.
• Into smoothies.
• Into yogurts.
• Over salads.
Once you get the hang of using flaxseeds, it becomes a healthy part of your routine.
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