Flaxseeds, natural inexpensive omega-3 from your grocery store

By Carolin 

Do you eat oily cold water fish less than 3 times a week? Then the magical little flaxseed might be your answer to naturally increase your omega-3 intake.

Flaxseeds are a very rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. The oil contains over 50% essential fatty acid and one teaspoon of flaxseed oil is enough to fill our daily need. One teaspoon of flax seeds contain about one teaspoon flax oil. Flaxseeds also provide abundant fiber, about 60% of which is soluble fiber.

Flaxseed health benefits

The omega-3 acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is beneficial for heart disease, , arthritis, and a number of other health problems. Many clinicians believe that because of its high levels of omega-3 flaxseed is helpful for treating acne.
The soluble fiber is effective in helping control blood sugar levels and reducing blood cholesterol LDL levels as well as keeping the digestive system healthy.
Because of its high levels of lignans, flax seeds benefit the heart and possess anti-cancer properties.

Improve digestion and clean the colon with flaxseeds

Both flaxseeds and psyllium seeds can be used to improve digestion and clean the intestines.
The seeds swell to a gelatinous mass, helping to absorb toxins and speed transit time of waste through the intestine.
Put 1 teaspoon of flaxseeds or psyllium seeds in a clean glass and clover with filtered water. Let stand in room temperature over night. In the morning a gel has been created and it is ready to drink.

Flaxseed in different forms

Whole flaxseeds pass through our bodies without breaking down. This way we will not absorb any of the healthily omega-3 rich oil that is held inside the seeds.

Flaxseed oil or flax oil also known as linseed oil quickly become rancid and must be stored in a refrigerator. It is packaged in black plastic bottles or dark brown glass bottles to protect it from light. It will last about 6 weeks after opening but can easily be stored much longer in the freezer.

If you want to get the most out of the flax seeds you should use ground flaxseeds. When the seeds are ground the omega-3 rich oil becomes accessible for the body but the dietary fibers are not removed as in flax oil. Since the oil quickly becomes rancid the ground seeds must be stored in the fridge. I absolutely recommend to ground the flax seeds yourself right before you use them. It is fast, easy, inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about storage.

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