Today’s superfood : Flaxseeds
These tiny little seeds pack a large nutritional punch. First, they are a great source of fiber, helping to regulate digestion and aid in the detoxification process. One tablespoon of contains 8 grams of fiber. Flax is an excellent plant source of the essential fatty acid, Omega 3. Theses little seeds also contain high amounts of potassium for a healthy heart and muscles, as well as iron and zinc to boost your immunity. They contain trace minerals such as riboflavin and niacin, thiamin, and B vitamins (all which help to turn food into energy). They also contain phytonutrients called lignans, which provide many antioxidant benefits. These phytonutrients help to fight cancer, particularly colon and breast cancer.
Flaxseeds are often use for weight management, as they expand when ingested, helping you feel fuller longer. The soluble fiber found in flaxseed has been proven to lower cholesterol, which prevents plaque build-up that is known to cause heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure.
There are many ways you can incorporate flaxseeds into your diet. Try sprinkling them in yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, salads, and even in your favorite sandwich spread. They have a mild nutty flavor and are pretty subtle when added to more flavorful foods.
It is very important to grind your flaxseeds before using (you can buy them already ground but they oxidize and can become rancid rather quickly) They must be ground in order to gain all of the benefits – when consumed whole they pass right through and are not absorbed. If you do purchase them already ground, which can be more convenient, be sure to keep them properly sealed and refrigerated.
I hope you enjoyed all of the amazing superfoods we incorporated during Renew Week and are feeling healthier, happier and rejuvenated in the New Year. I suggest to use at least two of these superfoods in your daily diet each day. I guarantee you will start to feel a difference in your energy levels, mental clarity, and overall health in no time.