Flax or fiction


This week's tweak. Eat a daily tablespoon of milled flax seeds.

If you are already doing this (and this is particularly beneficial for women) then well done to you. If not read on......

They are an easy addition to your diet. Buy them pre-milled or blitz them in your nutri-bullet.

Milled because you will digest them better and get the full benefit.

Put them in your porridge / smoothies / soups / home baked goods. Basically any way that will get them into you. Note: It is best to mill them yourself from whole seeds because flax does not deteriorate in whole seed form, whereas pre-milled flax starts to lose its nutritional benefit when exposed to air.

This one small change can make a significant difference to your long term health and well-being.

Here's how:

Flax seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. A quintessential "superfood". 
High in:
Omega 3 fatty acids (benefits heart, arteries and brain health)
Iron
Zinc
Calcium
Protein
Potassium
Magnesium
Folate (folic acid) (important for reproductive health and during pregnancy)
Fibre - helps to lower cholesterol

The science bit........
Perhaps one of the lesser known but most important nutrients found in flax seeds are lignans. Lignans are a group of plant compounds that can be modified by our gut bacteria to produce mammalian lignans. These nutrients have been shown to be anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and to be protective against cancer - breast cancer in particular.  

Give it a try and let us know how you get on.

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