Flaxseeds: Nature's Tiny Powerhouses
Flaxseeds are an essential component of a daily meal plan designed for optimum health. Rich in omega 3 essential fatty acid (alpha linoleic acid) and lignans they have been shown in numerous studies to aid in the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases including breast cancer, prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Brown and golden flaxseed provide the same nutritional values. In order to absorb all of their beneficial nutrients whole flax seeds must be ground into meal. It is better to buy whole seeds and grind them at home versus buying it from the store. Once ground into flax meal their natural oils begin oxidizing. To slow this breakdown you may store the meal in the refrigerator or freezer.
Whole seeds retain their nutritional value for up to a year when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. I prefer to grind the seeds fresh daily. This can be done quickly and easily in an inexpensive coffee grinder.
Aim for 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax seed per day. A rounded tablespoon of whole seeds produces approximately 2 tablespoons of ground flax meal. It can then be added to any of your favorite foods or eaten by itself.
Health and Happiness,
Debby Knight Jones CHES
Director Health Education, PBNSG