The Many Benefits of Flaxseed



When it comes to health, good things often come in small packages. The flaxseed is no exception. My first introduction to flaxseed was as a child. My mother had my siblings and I take flaxseed as part of our normal diet. She told us that it was good for our skin. Growing up, that was all I thought it was good for, until more recently while in prayer I felt the need to add it to my diet again. In my research I learned that flaxseed has more added benefits for the body than just improving the skin.  

Flax is a blue flowering crop that produces small flat seeds ranging in the color from golden yellow to reddish brown. The seeds are commonly consumed in one of three ways: whole seed, ground seed or flaxseed oil. Flax seed is one of Nature's richest plant sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are necessary for health and must be supplied by the diet. 
 
Flaxseed is high in:
 
There are many benefits that come with adding the flaxseed (in any form) to your diet, for both men & women. For women, flaxseed plays a major role in combating symptoms of various conditions and diseases such as:
 
  • PMS 
  • PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome)
  • Menopause & Other conditions that are based around the reproductive system

Other advantages include, the elimination of heart disease & other cancers (including breast cancer) & increased fertility.

 
In some studies, for men, flax seed is attributed to the prevention of prostate cancer (still up for debate) and reducing hypertension.
 
Now, what does this have to do with body building? I'm glad you asked!
Bodybuilders are at a great advantage when Flax seed is added to their diet.

These advantages include (but are not limited to):
 
  • Reduce body fat
  • Enhanced performance
  • Shortened recovery time
  • Reduced muscle soreness 
  • Increased utilization of oxygen
  • Increased utilization of other nutrients

 
How to use flaxseed:
 
If using the seeds, you want to be sure the seeds are ground up to ensure absorption. Ground seeds can be added to protein shakes, rice, cereal, or salads. If you opt to use the oil you can either drink it straight, add it to your salad (as dressing), or add it to any other liquid of choice. I personally choose to take flax seed oil in pill form. It's not as messy and much more convenient. 


 Below I have provided additional links that further explain the health benefits of flaxseed

70 Health Reasons To Eat More Flax

Flax: Food For Weight Loss
Immune Boosting Benefits of Flaxseed

So what are you waiting for? Start Flaxing and enjoy life!

 
**Remember to always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional or exercise program**

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