According to Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Michael Greger, flax powder adds the needed DHA EPA Omega 3's your body needs to reduce your cardio risk by half! Heart disease is one of those ailments that is mostly preventative. So if you do only one thing to improve your healthy lifestyle this year, adding 2 TBS. of fresh ground flax seeds is just the thing to do! My doctor Joel Fuhrman MD made sure to emphasize the importance of taking two tablespoons a day for my breast cancer health issues when we spoke last year because flax powder is a huge source of lignans. Essential Omega 3 fatty acids are something our bodies cannot make, and must come from food or supplements.
Flax powder is fast to create and can be easily added to smoothies, salads, cereals, and baking. One to two tablespoons a day does the trick, and equals one to two fatty fish meals a week without the toxic mercury or chemical dangers. One tablespoon of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of water equals an egg substitute in baking. Flax powder can be substituted for 1/4 of the flour used in recipes, and it works as a great thickener too. Good news is that you can bake with powdered flax and not lose the nutritional value. (Although you should never cook with flax oil.)
Seriously these tiny seeds are the best form of EPA DHA and lignans that you can get on the planet. Even better than salmon. Plus you do not get the mercury risk of eating fish which sadly is a concern in our modern polluted industrial world. Flax seeds come in golden and dark brown colors and the nutrition is said to be the same. At some point I heard the golden was slightly better, but let's not split hairs. We need the flax powder mojo in either color. The shell is unable to be broken down by your body, so the flax seed must be fresh ground to release those powerful Omega 3's and lignans locked inside! If you eat whole flax seed crackers, just know they go through you without adding any nutrition. These seeds are tough and you need to grind into powder to get the benefits.
Ground flax seeds must be kept in the refrigerator once you grind them open, because the oils released will go rancid. Which is why I grind mine in small batches once or twice a week. Ground in the fridge it will last 3 months. Although you should be using it much faster than that my friends. You could grind the hard little seeds the old fashioned way shown above, and that looks like it could take forever. Yeesh! So I recommend you get a spice grinder, coffee grinder, food processor, or a high speed blender to do the task. Then in a flash you will have fresh powerful Omega 3 flax powder to add to your food.
If you use a small coffee bean/spice grinder as I do it only takes a few pulses, and you're finished. A fluffy lightly nutty powder is the result. Easy. I fill the grinder three times per batch. You are now ready to sprinkle on foods and be healthier.
I use a small glass mason jar to store my flax powder. I love using this funnel made for the wide mouth opening of the jars, since you can pour items cleanly be they nuts or seeds without side spillage.
Once your seeds are ground just pour the fresh flax powder through your funnel and into the mason jar. Tighten down the lid, and keep the fresh flax powder in the refrigerator or freezer.
Make a fresh batch of flax powder once or twice a week.
For super organization keep your jar of flax powder in the fridge storage container I talked about in this blog post here seen above. I pull that baby out everyday and it makes my smoothie life so much easier. Oh look at those yummy green smoothies below!
Add the flax powder powerhouse of good health to your morning smoothie, cereals, and salads everyday. Vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters need the prevention qualities of flax daily to prevent heart attacks. Yes, flax powder is one of those must have super food supplements that everybody needs no matter where you are in reclaiming your health or maintaining an already healthy situation. The heart problem comes from ingestion of too many saturated fats and poly unsaturated Omega 6 items in a modern person's diet. These are from animal fats, coconut oils, palm kernel oils, cottonseed oil, corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. We need the help of DHA EPA Omega fatty acid foods to decrease the inflammation on our heart. This is the same reason doctors prescribe aspirin for people with heart problems. It is a way to reduce inflammation. Lucky for us flax powder is a natural, healthy, cheap, and easy to make solution without the risk of using pharmaceuticals. Lives could be saved if everyone adopted this habit of adding one to two tablespoons of fresh flax powder daily to their foods. Many other degenerative diseases begin with inflammation besides heart disease, such as diabetic issues, some cancers, arthritis, depression, and Crohn disease to name a few that can be improved as well. Other good forms of Omega 3's to have everyday are hemp seeds, dark leafy greens, walnuts, and flax seed oil. Flax powder reigns supreme, and should be part of your daily healthy protocol for the rest of your life.
If you want to make the big changes to protect your heart health, and affect other diseases including various cancers, add the most powerful EPA DHA Omega 3 and lignan producer... Flax powder! Find the best sources of flax seeds in your local health food store refrigerator section, or in the flour aisle. Keep the seeds in a dark place until you grind them into the flax powder, then refrigerate or keep in the freezer. I hope you get your daily two tablespoons of flax powder for life and thrive! Be happy, be healthy, be peace.
University of Maryland on Flax Benefits
Web MD Flax Benefits
Flax Seed Meal Benefits Livestrong
Multiple Videos about flax seeds and disease improvement
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