Eating Fat-Rich Flaxseed Could Ward Off Disease


Flaxseed Oil and Bowl of Flax Seeds

A few months ago, you experienced disappointment, fear, and anxiety during a routine check-up at your doctor’s office. Your physician informed you that your LDL, bad, cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar levels were elevated. You were warned that health problems might arise in the near future if you don’t change your lifestyle. Determined, you began a crusade to start eating real, healthy foods. If you can relate to this scenario, you might want to incorporate more flaxseed into your diet. Consuming this ancient food people have been enjoying for thousands of years could ward off disease.

Potential Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

The potential, health benefits of flaxseed are often linked to a few, vital components including:

 

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fiber
  • Lignans

Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be able to decrease inflammation in the body. Therefore, consuming a diet rich in flaxseed may lessen the painful symptoms of certain types of inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are also believed to be able to normalize your heartbeat and lower your blood pressure level. Diets bountiful in fiber are thought to be able to prevent constipation, control blood sugar levels, and aid with digestive functions. Lignans are believed to help prevent certain types of cancers, decrease atherosclerotic plaque buildup, and marginally improve blood sugar levels. Flaxseed is comprised of an astounding 75 to 800 times more lignans than any other type of plant food.

Cooking with Flax Seeds and Flaxseed Oil

To reap the healthful components of flaxseed, purchase it ground. If you buy whole flaxseed, grind it yourselves. When eaten whole, flaxseed typically passes through your intestinal tract without being digested. Therefore, your body can’t fully benefit from it. To make consuming flaxseed a habit, add it to foods you eat regularly such as:

  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Meatloaf
  • Meatballs
  • Chili
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles

If you would like to learn more about incorporating flaxseed and other delicious, healthy foods into your meal plan, consider scheduling a consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.

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