What it does for you- Flax, a blue-flowering crop grown on the prairies, produces flaxseed, or linseed. A tiny seed packed with nutrients that can play an important role in your diet.
- Soluble fibre helps lower cholesterol levels and cuts the risks of heart disease.
- Reduces incidence and size of tumours. A study based at the University in Toronto showed that the rate of tumour growth in breast cancer patients was reduced when they consumed 25 grams of flax a day.
- Phytoestrogens, or plant chemicals, called lignans convert in the body to compounds that are similiar to, but much weaker than, human estrogen.
- Alpha linolenic acid, a heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acid.
How do you use it?
Add flaxseed to cereals, breads, muffins, pancake mixes, oatmeal, casseroles, and you can also add it to meatloaf. use flaxseed oil in salad dressings, or drizzle it over steamed veggies just before serving.
Flax seed comes in many forms.
- Whole seeds
- you can also grind it in a coffee grinder or food processor- when grinding you release other healthy ingredients, such as the omega 3 fatty acides and lignans.
How much is Beneficial?
There is no recommended daily amout of flax, but many studies suggest that one to two teaspoons ( 15 to 25 millilitres) of ground flaxseed each day yeilds benefits.
Stay tuned over the next 2 weeks as I devulge in daily recipes to add to your daily routine.