Easy Ways to Add Flaxseeds to Your Diet


Flaxseed for Breast CancerBy: Michelle Whitmer medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center.
Bust out your coffee grinder, and get ready for a new way to boost your energy and reduce breast cancer risk: flaxseeds! The little seeds of the flax plant are packed with nutrition and can be easily added to your diet in many ways.
Dr.  Michael Greger, a physician who specializes in clinical nutrition, has touted the benefits of flaxseeds for breast cancer patients here at Breast Cancer Yoga. Now it’s time to think about ways to get these beneficial seeds into your body to fuel that beautiful machine! Whether you are trying to prevent breast cancer, are going through treatment, or a survivor, flaxseeds offer health benefits to everyone.
Flaxseed Tips: Buying, Storing and Eating
You can buy flaxseeds in three forms: whole, ground and as an oil.
Whole flaxseeds possess the longest shelf life, however, eating the seeds whole doesn’t offer much dietary benefit (the hull around the seed prevents our bellies from getting to the good stuff inside). Ground flaxseed offers the most health benefit, but it oxidizes once ground and will lose some of its nutritional value if not consumed quickly.
Grinding whole seeds before consuming them is the ideal option for nutrient value. If you don’t have a miller or grinder at home (a coffee grinder works well), simply buy ground flaxseed, also called flaxseed meal. Keep your flaxseed – whole seeds, ground meal or flaxseed oil – cool in the fridge or freezer to prevent oxidation. It is particularly important to store ground flaxseed in a cold place to reduce oxidation.
Begin with small doses, and gradually increase your consumption because flaxseed is high in fiber. Make sure to drink extra water with flaxseed to prevent constipation. Start with a teaspoon of ground flaxseed a day, and slowly work your way up to two tablespoons a day.
Consider some of the following options to work flaxseeds seamlessly into your diet:

  • Add ground flaxseed to cereal, oatmeal, granola or yogurt.
  • Sprinkle whole or ground flaxseed onto salads.
  • Include ground flaxseed in baked goods like zucchini muffins.
  • Stir ground flaxseed into condiments like mustard and ketchup.
  • Mix whole or ground flaxseed into breadcrumbs.
  • Blend flaxseed oil into smoothies or into a vinaigrette for salads.

Ground flaxseed will naturally thicken when introduced to water. Some even describe the effect as gel-like. Just add more water to thin it out.
A dose of flaxseed may not contain the caffeine you’ll find in coffee, but the nutrients packed in these tiny seeds will give you a natural energy boost that lasts. And when you’re coping with or recovering from cancer, a little extra energy goes a long way.
Author bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.
Source:
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/flaxseed/ataglance.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flaxseed/NS_patient-flaxseed/DSECTION=evidence
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23354422

Michelle WhitmerAuthor bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.

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  1. Interesting post you got here. Your ideas will be helpful! I’ve recently been reading up on flaxseed oil myself. Seems to be a nutritional power house—a wonder food. This blog gave me a great idea about how to use it in my breakfasts. At your leisure, please check out

    I just wanted to share that because I’ve become so passionate. =)

    Blessings,
    Gerry

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