I think you will agree with me when I say,
“It’s hard to figure out which foods are best for us.”
Or, is it?
Well, as it turns out, there are certain foods you can eat daily that have all sorts of health benefits.
One of the primary reasons certain diseases run in families is that certain diets run in families too. We develop eating patterns early in life, and they stick with us.
Our diet and lifestyle account for 80 to 90 percent of the diseases that we face individually and in our country. Our genes cause the other 10 to 20 percent of the problems we face.
That is good news. We have far more control over our weight and our health than we may realize. By making good food choices every day, we can prevent or reverse the health trends in our families and our country and maintain a healthy weight.
This small seed may just be a miracle food because of all of the good it does. It was one of the first foods to be considered a health food.
Flaxseeds are one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Along with that, they are best known for their lignan content. Many plant foods contain lignans, but flaxseeds contain around one hundred times more than other foods.
Lignans are polyphenols found in plants. The lignans found in flaxseeds have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. They do an excellent job of balancing the hormone levels in both men and women.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of eating flaxseeds.
Health Benefits of Eating Flaxseeds
- Cancer Fighting Properties. Ladies, if there is one food that we need to eat every day, it is this one. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research, eating flaxseeds may reduce the risk of hormone-associated cancers like breast cancer. By adding one tablespoon a day to oatmeal, smoothies or yogurt, you can reap the benefit of this small seed.
- Weight Loss. We all want to find ways to aid in losing or maintaining our weight. Because of the fiber and healthy fats found in flaxseed, you will feel fuller and stay satisfied longer. I add a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to my oatmeal in the mornings. Doing his gives me energy and helps me stay full until lunch.
- Heart Health. Keeping our hearts healthy is a primary concern for all of us. Studies show that eating flaxseeds every day can lower blood pressure, regulate cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Flaxseeds have been shown to reduce blood pressure more than any other food. The key is adding ground flaxseeds, flaxseed meal, or flaxseed oil to your diet daily.
Adding ground flaxseeds to salads, muffins or oatmeal each day is an excellent way to incorporate it into your diet. All you need is one tablespoon per day.
You can find my favorite brand of flaxseeds here. I keep the package in the freezer to keep them as fresh as possible and to make sure I’m reaping the greatest health benefit possible.
Question: Have you ever tried eating flaxseeds? If so, how did you add them to your diet?