Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Should You Be Eating Flaxseed?

You've probably heard people talking about how flaxseed can be a good addition to a healthy diet. Before you head out to the health food store, here's some info on this little seed and its potentially big health benefits!

Flaxseed can be taken in a number of ways. You can buy it whole, crushed, or as a powder, and you can take it with either juice or water. And I'll bet you wouldn't even notice it if you added a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed to a smoothie, yogurt, soup, or oatmeal! You can also add flaxseed oil to food if the powder or grainy consistency of the crushed seed bothers you. Flaxseed can add valuable soluble fiber to your diet, which can help lower cholesterol and move the fat from your meals out of your body. It also contains alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that may benefit people with heart disease, the way omega-3 fatty acids do.

The jury is still out on many other claims about flaxseed, including the possibility that it can help prevent certain cancers, ease menopause symptoms, and regulate ADHD. Stay tuned for more on this new dietary breakthrough!

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