Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flaxseeds: A Superfood.

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Flax seeds

Flax Seeds Whole

      Flax seeds are a blessing to women. They are rich in lignans that modulate estrogen levels which protects against breast cancer. Flaxseeds promote regular ovulation. They contain large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins for energy that lasts a long time. It's loaded with fiber which helps solve constipation problems. Flax seeds help reduce clotting time of blood which is great news for heart. The Alpha Linolenic Acid in flax seeds protects the cells in the body boosting immune system. Two Tablespoons of ground flax seeds taken twice daily are extremely good for your health. For women suffering from menopausal symptoms, hot flashes will go down significantly if consumed everyday. Enough research has not been done to determine the effect of flax seeds on the growing fetus. It is advised that pregnant and lactating women stay away from this until enough scientific evidence is published. Opposite effects of breast cancer on fetus has been observed, but more research is still on to prove this.

    Two types of flax seeds are available, Golden and dark brown. They are pretty much the same when it comes to nutrition, so any of the varieties are just fine. Flax seeds can be added to any dish, it makes it taste rich and wonderful.  Grinding flax seeds is the only thing that works in the body. Eating whole flaxseeds is not very helpful. Flax seeds and its benefits have also been featured in the Oprah Winfrey Show to educate the audience about consuming it everyday to improve their health.

The Whole Pregnancy Handbook by Dr. Joel Evans

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