The Health Benefits of Flax
Thompson says, "Ground flaxseed, in general, is a great first choice, but there may be specific situations where flax oil or the lignans taken in amounts naturally found in flaxseed might be as good. I followed the recipe exactly. Try googling chickpea flour scramble though, saw someone making from that, just like they also use it instead of eggs in a quiche…? Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers". In , a study of 30 women suggested that consuming 40 g a day of flaxseed may help reduce the incidence or severity of hot flashes in women who are not using estrogen therapy during menopause. Fitzpatrick says new research also suggests significant blood pressure -lowering effects of flaxseed. Princeton University Press, p.
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Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to times more lignans than other plant foods. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. Cancer Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer , prostate cancer , and colon cancer.
Continued The lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. Cardiovascular Disease Research suggests that plant omega-3s help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.
Diabetes Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly improve blood sugar as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes. Continued Inflammation Two components in flaxseed, ALA and lignans, may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and asthma by helping block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents, Fitzpatrick says.
Hot Flashes One study of menopausal women, published in , reported that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed into cereal, juice, or yogurt twice a day cut their hot flashes in half. The results, says Thompson, are consistent with other studies that have shown no siginifcant difference in the effect on hot flashes between flaxseed and placebo Flaxseed Isn't a Magic Bullet It's tempting to think of flaxseed as a super food because of its many potential health benefits.
Tips for Using Flaxseed Many experts believe it's better to consume flaxseed than flax oil which contains just part of the seed so you get all the components. Continued Thompson says, "Ground flaxseed, in general, is a great first choice, but there may be specific situations where flax oil or the lignans taken in amounts naturally found in flaxseed might be as good.
Here are more tips for using, buying, and storing flaxseed: Buy it ground or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body doesn't get all the healthful components. If you want to grind flaxseed yourself, those little electric coffee grinders seem to work best. Milled or ground flaxseed is the same thing as flax meal. Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes , but brown flaxseed is easier to find in most supermarkets.
There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is up to you. Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed or flax meal. You can also find it in health food stores or order it on various web sites. Check the product label.
When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added. Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.
Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Hide flaxseed in dark, moist dishes. The dishes that hide flaxseed the best are dark sauces or meat mixtures.
No one tends to notice flaxseed when it's stirred into enchilada casserole, chicken parmesan, chili, beef stew, meatloaf, or meatballs. For a 4-serving casserole, you can usually get away with adding 2 to 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed.
For a dish serving 6 to 8, use 4 to 8 tablespoons. Use it in baking. Substitute ground flaxseed for part of the flour in recipes for quick breads, muffins, rolls, bread, bagels, pancakes, and waffles. Keep it in the freezer. The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer.
Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency. Whole flaxseed keeps longer. The outside shell in whole flaxseed appears to keep the fatty acids inside well protected.
But as long as it is dry and of good quality, whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Continued Flaxseed Recipe Ready to try flaxseed? Fruity Flaxseed Muffins These moist and high-flavor flax muffins are not only good for you, but they taste great too. Preheat oven to degrees. Line muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Coat inside of liners with a quick squirt of canola cooking spray.
In large mixing bowl, beat together the pineapple with juice, apples, canola oil, egg, egg whites or egg substitute, sour cream, and molasses until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in raisins or dried fruit. In medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flaxseed. Add flaxseed mixture to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed just until combined batter will be a little lumpy.
Bake in center of preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and springy to the touch. It is always best to have ground flaxseed instead of whole flaxseed because whole flaxseed are sometimes not digested by the intestine and it just passes through. Therefore it gives your body no nutritional benefits.
Moreover, ground flaxseed is easy to digest and contains enough fiber to meet your dietary requirements. You can also purchase flaxseed oil and there are many benefits of flaxseed oil for men. Whenever you purchase ground flaxseed make sure that it is organic.
Organic ground flaxseed benefits is much higher than the normal variety. This was all about ground flaxseed benefits. As we have seen there are many benefits of ground flaxseed and it is best to add them to your diet. Since ground flaxseed gets more easily absorbed by our body than the whole variety, you can grind them in a grinder before consuming them. Just add a tablespoon or two to your breakfast cereal or add it to regular flour.
To store ground flaxseed place it in an air tight container and put it inside the refrigerator. Ground flaxseed goes rancid quickly, so make sure that you use it quickly or grind up a smaller batch. They say too much of anything isn't good. When it comes to flax seed, some people may experience some health concerns instead of benefits. This is why experts say that it is better to consume flax seed in small quantities rather than consuming it in large quantities.
Have a look at some of the most commonly observed side effects of flax seed mentioned below. Indigestion Consuming too much of flax seed can cause indigestion and lead to symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence and cramps. In fact, people who start consuming flax seed, and introduce it for the first time in their diet, mostly suffer from indigestion. Obstruction in Digestive Tract Another side effect of flax seed is that it can cause significant obstruction in the digestive tract and even the throat of a person.
This happens specially in cases wherein people consume it in the powdered form. Flax seed tends to swell up when consumed and tends to get stuck in the digestive tract creating an obstruction, therefore you should consume a lot of water while consuming it to avoid this side effect.
Laxative Effects on the Body Flax seed is known to have a laxative effect on the body as it tends to increase the bowel movements of a person which can result in diarrhea. Therefore, if you are suffering from certain intestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease IBD , stomach ulcers, Crohn's disease, then it is advisable not to consume flax seed. In rare cases, the use of this seed may induce bleeding in the brain. This is known as hemorrhagic stroke, clinically. The classic symptoms include changes in vision, weakness, feeling of numbness in limbs, severe headache and changes in speech.
Gastrointestinal bleeding may also be one of the severe side effects of flaxseed oil pills. This may be indicated by black or tarry stools. In some cases, there might be a small amount of bright red blood in the stool. Other Blood Disorders Consumption of flax seed also makes a person prone to suffer from blood related problems. This is why experts advice people with bleeding disorders, or people those who are consuming blood thinners, not to go for flax seed as it tends to increase blood clotting.
It is also not advisable to include this in your diet if you are about to go for some dental or surgical procedure. Some people may suffer from hives, swelling, wheezing and trouble breathing after taking the flaxseed oil or the seed.
These flaxseed side effects are a manifestation of an allergic reaction. Flaxseed is also known to slow down the process of blood clotting and hence, this increases the risk of heavy bleeding and easy bruising. Don't eat raw or unripe flaxseed. Flaxseed in these forms is thought to be poisonous. Don't use flaxseed oil to cook since the heat changes the healthy fat into toxic fat that causes harm. Instead, most people find that adding the oil to a dish that's already cooked can enhance the flavor and add many beneficial nutrients to the diet.
Flaxseed can act like the hormone estrogen. Some healthcare providers worry that this might harm the pregnancy, although to date there is no reliable clinical evidence about the effects of flaxseed on pregnancy outcomes. The effect of flaxseed on breast-fed infants is unknown at this time. Stay on the safe side, and don't use flaxseed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Other Health Conditions Apart from the aforementioned side effects, other possible side effects of consuming flax seed include, allergic reactions, changes in the menstrual cycle in women, as flax seed also affects the estrogen levels in the body causing hormonal imbalance.
Some say that flax seed also triggers thyroid problems in people. Therefore, you must consult with your doctor about your individual health condition and the doses are safe to consume, if you have to consume it at all! I have not been hospitalized or been to the ER as I had in the past. I started taking flaxseed oil to reduce cholesterol, after a period of time I switched to ground flaxseed for the added benefit of fibre and realized that it was a big help for night sweats.
I mix 2 tbsps. I use flaxseed for pain in my joints. And it works like a lubricate, making easier to go up and down the stairs with esae. Yes, Ready to eat Flax seed The fiber in flaxseed binds with water, swelling to form a gel which, like other forms of fiber, helps soften the stool and move it along in the intestines.
Only flaxseed help not the flax seed oil. My 84 year old mother has been taking 2T. Her cholesterol and triglycerides were extremely elevated prior to starting the flaxseed, but are now in the "low normal" range.
She takes no medication other than 1 pill for hypertension. Her physician just shakes his head because he had insisted that she take statins and she refuses to do so. My Trigly dropped from over to in one month. Be careful when taking the seeds because some people are sensitive and may not know it.
I was using a teaspon every day in my oatmeal and liked it. After researching, I learn that some people are senstitive and may even have bowel obstructions. If it works, great but beware. I feel so much better after stopping it! Bridget's Revelations The Natural Law 1. Satan in the Media 2. Natural Family Planning 4. Benedict XVI's Heresies 3. John Paul II's Heresies 4.
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