Flax seeds – the what and the why.
At Muscle Wellness, we believe in approaching fitness from a holistic perspective, with a diet rich in healthy superfoods, superior whey products, and top quality supplements, designed to boost your health and energy levels. We know that a balanced diet with the correct supplementation is key to helping you achieve your fitness goals. That’s why we’re crazy about super foods. And today, we’re looking at the world’s first cultivated superfood – flax seeds.
Flax seeds are an excellent source of fibre, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids (all essential for a healthy workout), and are the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), in the world! With a delicious nutty flavour, they’re known for their digestive and restorative benefits.
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The benefits of flax seeds include
1. Reducing high blood pressure
Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a serious health condition that needs to be properly managed. Research shows that flax seed consumption can help to reduce some of the symptoms of hypertension, including headaches.
2. Reducing cholesterol
The fibre content of flax seeds traps fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it can’t be absorbed. It also traps bile in the gallbladder. The bile is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood.
3. Supporting your sunscreen
While tanning is never a good idea, if you can’t stay out of the sun, give your sunscreen a helping hand with some sustained flax seed intake. Research shows that it can help reduce your chances of getting skin cancer.
4. Correct your mood
Suffer from boats of depression or anxiety? Along with professional help, eating right and taking the proper supplements can help to balance your mood. Individuals with low moods sometimes suffer from low levels of docosahexaenoic and eicosapentanoic acids – the same acids that are found in various foods like fish, walnuts, and flax.
5. Lowering the risk of breast and prostate cancer
Studies of cancer sufferers found that flaxseed appears to help regulate hormone levels and significantly reduce cancer cell growth rates by disrupting the events leading up to cancer cell creation.
6. Calming the tummy
Because they’re high in fibre but low in carbs, ground flax seeds have been shown to be an effective treatment for tummy troubles like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Kind to your digestive tract, they support colon detoxification, fat loss, and reduce sugar cravings.
How to use them? Buy them at a whole food stockist and grind them in your coffee grinder or buy a superior (and super-convenient) flax seed powder (ours is 100% organic!). Add the ground seeds or powder to salads, smoothies, yoghurt, muffins, breakfast muesli, or snack packs. Enjoy!
Flax seeds truly are a superfood! Want more fitness food tips? Have a look at our Facebook page and website. We have a wide range of supplements to suit your lifestyle, fitness goals, and taste. From our Organic Series to our Wellness series, talk to us about which products supplements would work best for you!