Flaxseed

 

Most nutrition experts recommend ground flaxseed because your body is better able to digest it. Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, which means you won't get all the health benefits.

Flaxseed is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is commonly used as a laxative (to improve digestive health or relieve constipation). Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil can be used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The fiber  prevents the re absorption of cholesterol in the colon.  Although flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, it doesn't have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have.

Whole seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder and then stored in an airtight container for several months. Refrigerating whole seeds may also extend their freshness.

Great for weight loss since it reduces hunger and lowers inflammation.  Eating 2 Tablespoons daily may also lower  women's risk of breast cancer.  Take orally or apply topically to skin for eczema.

Great source of folate, B6, and magnesium that are important to heart health.  Also high in manganese and bone building phosphorus.

 

Flaxseed Salad Dressing

1 Tablespoon dijion mustard

1 clove of garlic crushed

1/2 cup olive oil or flaxseed oil or grapeseed oil

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

4 Tablespoons ground Flaxseed

1 teaspoon turmeric

Mix in a blender for 2 minutes.  Use  immediately since the flaxseed will thicken as it sits.

 

Easy ways to  include flaxseed in your diet:

add  to your hot or cold breakfast cereal.

use in baked goods, mix ground flaxseed into cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods.

sprinkle over peanut butter

add to a smothie or yogurt

add to cooked vegetables

add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to mayonnaise or mustard when making a sandwich.

add to your favorite salad dressing or make your own

Great moisturizer for the skin.