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Flax seeds are a fantastic source of vitamins and nutrients that can aid in the curing of multiple common ailments. Next time you head to the grocery or bulk food store, flax seeds are a necessity to pick up.

Tips For Using Flax Seed

Try to buy flax seeds as fresh as possible, and then store them in an airtight container that is kept in the fridge. You can either buy pre-ground flax, or grind it yourself and keep it in an old container, so it can easily be added to anything.

Add Flax Seeds to:

  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Salads
  • Anything! Especially if you like the nutty flavor.
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5 Common Ailments and How To Cure Them With Flax Seeds

1. Blood Sugar Regulation

Flax is a pretty unique source of fiber because unlike grains, flax doesn’t contain any excess starch. This means that all of the carbs that come from fiber are used by the body to get rid of waste. In other words, the fiber from flax seeds slows down the release of glucose into the cells, which keeps blood sugar down, and helps you to feel more full. The fat found in flax also helps to keep those blood sugar levels low, as well as the magnesium contained in them.

2. Hot Flashes

Flax seeds are fantastic for balancing hormone levels in both men and women. In men, they can help boost testosterone levels by eliminating excessive estrogen that the body takes in from food and the environment. For women, flax seeds can help to alleviate the hot flashes that accompany menopause by balancing out estrogen levels. How does this happen? Flax seeds (actually, all seeds) are rich in phytoestrogens, which is a naturally occurring compound in most plant-based foods, and helps to balance hormone levels naturally.

3. Inflammation

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Contrary to popular belief, flax seeds are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, because they contain ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid). ALA is different from the EPA omega-3 that is found in in algae in fish, but both are vital for the body.

Benefits of ALA:

  • Lubricates arteries
  • Help boost blood sugar management
  • Reduces internal inflammation
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While EPA tends to target brain health, ALA are better for joint health. Inflammation in the joints is typically caused by too many acidic foods that don’t contain healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Flax seeds are an easy way to stop inflammation, as they are the plant-based food with the highest concentration of ALA.

4. Digestion

The fiber in flax also helps to regulate your digestive system, and aids in the absorption of nutrients during the digestive process. Since flax is a food that is high in fiber, starch-free, and moderate in fat and protein content flax is extremely easy to digest. Because flax can regulate digestion and nutrient absorption, it also boosts cholesterol levels, and helps to remove the harmful forms of cholesterol from the body. Flax actually feeds the good bacteria living in your gut, which helps to keep your immune system in top shape!

5. Mood Health

The omega-3’s of flax seeds improve levels of serotonin in the system, and aid in the absorption of vitamins that help to control happiness levels in the body. Yes, happiness really is partly scientific! Vitamins B, C and D are all nutrients that help to optimize your mood and counteract depression naturally. Healthy fats like omega-3 act as sponges that let the body absorb vitamins faster.

Article Source

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/flax-seeds-and-health-ailments/

 

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