Flaxseed has a delicious nutty flavor and is loaded with the same omega-3 essential fatty acids that are found in salmon and omega-3 fish oils supplements. In addition, flaxseed contains lignans, which have antitumor properties. Flaxseed is also high in fiber, which has been shown to help prevent certain forms of cancer, such as breast and colon, and aid in the prevention of coronary disease, when taken in the appropriate quantity (between 25 and 30 grams per day). If you add just one quarter cup of ground flaxseed to your diet per day, it will provide approximately 11-12 grams of fiber.
Flaxseed can be purchased in your local health food store or Whole Foods. To maintain freshness and nutrition, keep seeds in your freezer and grind small amounts as needed in a food mill. Sprinkle ground flaxseed liberally on your oatmeal, yogurt, and salads. Your skin will thank you for making the effort!
How do you incorporate flaxseed into your diet?