What’s so great about FLAX SEEDS?

Hello again readers! 🙂

I’m sure this is a very COMMON topic among the masses [hehe], but I wanted to shed a little light on it from my point of view. Provided there will be facts to validate the majority of them ;-). For those unaware of what flax seeds (also known as common flax or linseed) are, they’re basically seeds derived from the plant (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum). Tiny brown seeds, some golden brown, and the other is a darker brown. The darker pigmented seeds seem to carry more omega -3, being a little more beneficial in that sense. Reminding me of that quote “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”. Lol! Seems to apply in a many of circumstances regarding food etc (wheat bread, berries, flax seeds, black or brown rice, black tea, black beans,fruits) I found this site and a few others to be rather beneficial {http://www.first30days.com/living-healthier/articles/dark-foods-nutrition-champs.html}. According to Wiki, “It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent.” 

Flax seeds are EXTREMELY beneficial and a good source of essential fatty acids, such as calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous, vitamin E, and are also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids as stated above 😉 . Aside from seeds, it also comes packaged as ground also known as flax seed meal. Usually used in smoothies, food etc. There’s also flax seed oil which is a colorless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant. There are a variety of different ways flax seeds/meal/oil can be used.

WAYS FLAX SEEDS CAN BE USED:

  • Flax seeds can be used as a hair gel. By boiling about 1/4 cup of flax seeds in a pot of 2 cups of water. Constantly stir and check to see if the water has become the right thickness and level of consistency that you want it. You can either extract the gel by pouring it into a knee high that’s been placed into a small container of some sort, and using plastic tongs to glide it out into the container. Don’t squeeze it like you would a tea bag, but more as though you were putting a frosting covered butter knife in between your fingers and sliding the frosting off. Except, it’s tongs and not your fingers. The second way is to use a cheesecloth or a wired strainer the kind with the very fine holes. Extract the gel, allow it to cool down and add any essential oils you’d like. I love using lavender and lemon grass along with drops of vitamin E.
  • They have a sweet, nutty flavor. When boiled and whipped with apple juice, they make a great binder and leavening in baked goods, in place of eggs.
  • Flax seeds alone can have a laxative effect on the body and so should be consumed in moderation. Many vegans enjoy them daily for the Omega-3 benefits.
  • The tiny brown seeds  are sometimes added to cereals. They are prone to rancidity and must be stored in the freezer.
  • Flaxseed oil has been found to be beneficial for those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Several studies have found that this oil seems to be able to calm the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. There’s also  a high content of mucilage in flax and this is an effective natural laxative.
  • Flaxseed oil is beneficial in helping to reduce high cholesterol (not by itself, it must be added into your diet regimen). Lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure.Flaxseed oil also helps to:
    1. Reduce the risk of cancer.
    2. Aid in the growth of healthy hair and nails.
    3. Promote healthy skin.
    4. Reduce menopause symptoms.
    5. Play a role in burning body fat.

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These are just a few of the great ways flax seeds can be used. Some people with Sjogren’s syndrome (a dryness of the eyes), flaxseed oil helps to improve this condition. All in all, you can’t go wrong with flax seeds, it really is helpful in a number of ways. I love using it as my hair gel! If you have curly hair, it really helps to define them. I hope you’ve taken something helpful from my post today, feel free to discuss such below in the comment section. Until next time….

-Jumblez

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