Flax seeds have been grown and cultivated for over 6000 years. They are one of the most ancient crops and have some wonderful health benefits for the human body.
Sticking to a diet with a suitable blend of different fatty acids in the proper
proportions has been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Our modern diet
tends to be low in omega-3 fatty acid which causes a fatty acid imbalance in the body. Once way of including more omega-3
fatty acids in your diet is to regularly eat fatty fish, another way is to eat more flax seeds or flax seed oil. Earlier,
flax seed was grown over most parts of Europe and an important part of the diet. One of the things that the Puritans brought
with them when they left Europe for a new life in North America was actually this small seed.
Including more healthy flax seed in your daily diet is actually very easy.
To begin with, simply sprinkle some ground flax seed over your breakfast cereals or over your yoghurt. It is important to ground the flax seeds prior to consumption, otherwise they will go through your body unaffected and your intestines will not be able to extract the fatty acids from the seed. (Eating whole flax seeds is a good idea if you suffer from problems with constipation since they add bulk to your diet and also form a slimy coating when they come in contact with liquids.)
If you prefer to start your day with a sandwich rather than cereals, why not purchase bread with grounded flax seeds or make your own bread at home? Flax seeds taste great in virtually any type of bread; from really white wheat bread to heavy rye loaves made from sourdough.Conclusion
This is one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet as it is rich in nutrients which fight off disease. Flax seeds can be ground to create flax seed powder. This is much better to consume, as your body can easily absorb its nutrients. Some companies cold press flax seeds to produce flax seed oil which also contains these health boosting properties. This powder can be thrown into delicious salads, stir fries, smoothies or soups in order to easily boost your intake.
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