A 2012 study at Harvard University found that participants who ate flaxseed lost 37 percent more weight than participants who did not. [source: livestrong.com]
What is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is a plant-based omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (EFA). This fatty acid is essential for the body to function properly. Your body is unable to make this on it’s own, and relies on you getting enough flaxseed from your diet. In today’s over processed world, this is virtually impossible. Flaxseed also contains the minerals phosphorus, copper and magnesium, which are essential for the health of your bones.
What are the health benefits of Flaxseed?
- Flaxseed contains lignans, which are fiber-like antioxidant compounds that prevent inflammation and may decrease the risk for cancer and diabetes
- Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, therefore consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.
- The lignans in flaxseed have been shown to relieve symptoms of menopause and can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy as lignans have estrogenic properties.
- The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness.
- It also improves digestive health and is one of the highest magnesium foods in the world.
- Flaxseed oil is known to lower cholesterol.
How does Flaxseed assist with weight loss?
- When the body does not have sufficient EFA, it will stimulate feelings of hunger as it looks for nutrients. Taking flaxseed regularly will therefore suppress your appetite.
- Flaxseed has a high fiber content, resulting in that feeling of satisfied fullness after eating, thereby decreasing your food intake. Provided you stop eating once you’re full that is.
- Taking flaxseed oil regularly is believed to improve metabolism and increase thermogenesis (fat-burning).
- Flaxseed oil and especially the ground meal slows down the digestion of a meal, leading to a gentler rise in blood sugar and therefore insulin.
How to add Flaxseed to your diet
You can find flaxseed at most grocery stores. If you can’t find ground flaxseed, you can buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder.
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