Flaxseeds are amazing. These tiny seeds are the source of a great amount of healthy and essentials oils, minerals and fiber that you need in your diet .
Simply adding these seeds into your daily routine will help you recovery faster, lose weight and increase your physical performance. Whether you are high-class athlete, a weekend warrior, or just trying to stay fit, you need to include flaxseeds in your diet.
Flaxseed Health Benefits
- Flaxseeds contain the highest level of Omega-3 fatty in the plant kingdom. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which the body cannot produce. Unlike Omega-6, Omega-3 is rare. It can be found hemp and walnuts, but nowhere is it more abundant than in flaxseeds. Omega-3 can help reduce inflammation caused by stress to the muscles. Omega-3 also plays a significant role in the metabolism of fat. Adding just a single tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to your diet will give your body greater efficiency in burning fat, which is critical for anyone trying to trim up and lose weight. For athletes this is especially important. As the body becomes more efficient at burning fat as a fuel source, endurance is seriously improved.
- Flaxseeds are a great source of potassium. The body needs potassium for smooth muscle contractions. When you sweat, you lose potassium, along with several other key electrolytes. This loss of potassium can lead to fatigue and muscle cramps, and can reduce your ability to regulate fluid balance which can lead to dehydration, so it critical that you maintain a store of potassium in your body.
- Flaxseeds also contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps cleans your body by making sure that toxins don't build up and spread into the bloodstream. Soluble fiber slows the deliver of carbs into the bloodstream and therefore helps regulate insulin levels and give you energy for longer periods of time. Eating soluble fiber makes you feel full and triggers the hunger mechanism to stop so you don't overeat. If you're trying to lose weight or maintain a stable weight, you can increase your consumption of soluble fiber by adding flaxseeds to your diet.
- Flaxseeds are a whole food complete with protein, all essential amino acids and enzymes that allow the body to absorb it easily.
You can buy pre-ground flaxseeds, but this is not advisable as commericaly ground seeds don't include the oils which are the source of all the health benefits. So when buying flaxseeds, always buy whole seeds. You can usually find them at your local health food store or Whole Foods, but if this isn't option, you can buy flaxseeds online.
Flaxseeds have a hard shell that will allow them to pass through your body undigested if you eat them whole. So you'll need to grind them up before you add them to your food. I use the KRUPS grinder. It's small, inexpensive, easy to use and simple to clean.
The best way I've found to eat flaxseeds is in my smoothies. I grind up about a tablespoon of whole seeds, add them into a blender jar with some frozen blueberries, bananas and almond milk. I don't even notice them.