Known in many parts of the world as “linseed,” Flaxseed are nutritionally unique and host a wide array of uses including food, medicine, and cloth.  Although Flaxseed are also used to make linseed oil, most of the linseed oil sold in the United States is used for finishing and preserving wood because it is not food grade.  Petroleum solvents are used to increase the yield. Its botanical name is Linum usitatissimum, which literally means “flax of great use.”  Its appearance as an insignificant weed can be deceiving!  

Let’s talk about three unique qualities of Flaxseed that help our bodies LIVE YOUNGER:

  1. Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA):  Incredibly rich in this Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Flaxseeds can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage.  There’s a wise saying credited to Thomas Sydenham, MD (1624-1689), “A man is as old as his arteries.”  Blood vessels are the living tubes that transport oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body and carry away waste products from all areas, including the brain.  ALA also helps regulate blood pressure.
  2. Lignans:  These polyphenols have “phytoestrogenic” properties, which means that they can function as weak estrogens.  Although the research is mixed, Flaxseed has helped many women lessen menopausal symptoms safely.  The lignans are used by intestinal bacteria for hormonal balance and support the body’s detoxification processes.  A risk factor for cancer is an accumulation of toxins so anything that supports healthy detoxification is a place to START SOMEWHERE.
  3. Mucilaginous Fiber:  This fiber component of Flaxseeds can improve the absorption of nutrients in the intestine.  It helps slow down the stomach emptying, which helps steady the passage of food through the digestive tract.  This component, along with the lignans, has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

It’s best to store whole Flaxseed in a glass, air-tight container to preserve their nutrients, earthy nut-like flavor, and texture.  Since ground Flaxseed act as a thickener in soups, smoothies, or cold cereals, it’s best to add them right before serving.  To get the greatest nutritional benefits, buy them whole, store them in the refrigerator, and grind just what you need as you use them.  Whole Flaxseed typically pass undigested through the intestinal tract so it’s best to have a coffee grinder handy.  

The anti-inflammatory benefits of Flaxseed are great for weight maintenance and weight loss.  An inflamed body holds onto excess weight. Chronic inflammation impairs the brain’s ability to receive appetite-suppressing messages.  Anything you can do to decrease inflammation will make you feel better, look better, and enhance overall vitality.

START SOMEWHERE today adding a sprinkle of ground Flaxseed to enhance a smoothie, yogurt, or even hummus.  They will help your blood vessels, strengthen your body’s detoxification process, and improve digestion.  Since Flaxseed are nutritionally unique and delicious, your  body and your tastebuds will be getting the goodness it craves.  Small changes yield big benefits!  Thanks for stopping by!

Flaxseed are Nutritionally Unique

Flaxseed are Nutritionally Unique