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I’ve always heard about how nutritious flaxseed is, but until I tried some that had been roasted I never knew how easy it was to incorporate this superfood into our regular meals!

Honestly, when I look at all of the benefits of flaxseed, I’ll be making sure I add them into my diet every day from now on.  For starters, flaxseed is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, one of the “good” fats that we need to improve circulation and for its anti-inflammatory effects.  The Omega 3 in flaxseed is a plant based variety called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALC.  There is research that it can help fight osteoporosis and offers some protection against type 2 diabetes.

Flaxseed provides plant protein, magnesium, manganese, phosporus, copper and thiamin.  It also contains a type of anti-oxidants called polyphenols which protect against heart disease and cancer.  Flaxseed has been found to prevent the development of tumors. Most notably it helps prevent cancer of the breast, prostate and colon. 

A good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, Flaxseed improves the digestive system.  It can also help with weight loss by contributing to a full feeling.  The list of health benefits is much longer and I recommend you search up more article on it.  Meanwhile, let’s look at how to get more flaxseed into your meals.

How to Enjoy More Flaxseed in Your Diet

Flaxseed can be purchased whole, ground or roasted.  All forms are beneficial with some minor differences.  Whole raw flaxseed is more difficult to chew and not all that tasty.  You can buy it this way and grind it in a food processor or coffee grinder shortly before use for maximum nutritional value.  Roasted flaxseed has a bit of a nutty taste.  It can easily be sprinkled on your cereal, oatmeal, salads and more to give them a crunchy nutritional punch.

Regardless of which form you purchase, it’s wise to keep it in a sealed container and refrigerate it.  Especially if it’s ground.  This preserves the nutrients.

Include some in your smoothies.  Sprinkle some on your soups.  Give your vegetables a crunchy nutty accent with some roasted flaxseed on them. Add flaxseed into your favorite bread, cookie, cupcake and muffin recipes.  You might want to try adding some flaxseed to our popular Bran Muffins with Raisins recipe to make them even healthier!

I used to simply eat whatever I wanted and take supplements to make up for the unhealthy eating.  As time went on I came to realize that our kitchens are the most powerful “medicine” to be found.  And somehow the nutrients seem to be much more powerful when they come the way nature created them… from fresh organic foods that have been properly prepared.

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