Benefits of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is rapidly becoming the wonder food of our age. It has been shown to fight a range of conditions from heart disease to breast cancer to diabetees.

So Why should I consider Flaxseed as a dietary supplement?

Flax seed is high in:

  • Most of the B vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Omega 3s
  • Fiber
  • Phytochemicals.

How to Use Flax Seed

If you are planning on adding flaxseed to your diet, you need to ensure the seeds are ground up or your body won't be able to absorb them. You can add the ground up seeds to anything you'd like (cereal, shakes). You can add the oil to other liquid drinks, or just drink it straight. A good plan is using 1 tbsp of the ground flax seed and 1/2 - 1 tbsp of oil in the morning and before bed. Your goal should be to consume 1-3 tablespoons per day.

Starting With Flax - Take it Slow

Due to its high fiber content, it is best to start with a small amount of flax and increase your consumption as your body gets used to it. This will prevent a "laxitive" type effect on your body.

As with everything, moderation is key. Too many flaxseeds may cause negative effects. Just one tablespoon per day is enough in most cases. If you are unsure how much is right for you, ask your doctor how much he or she recommends.