It has been estimated that 85% of the U.S. population is Omega-3 deficient. Omega-3's are vital to the functioning of our bodies - we need these good fats for our brains, our internal organs, and our nervous systems (just to mention a few). When we supplement our diets with these healthy Omega-3 oils, good things happen to our bodies.
Flaxseed is rich in a vegan source of Omega-3 fatty acids (in fact, it is the richest source of any Omega-3), which makes it a viable alternative to fish oil for just about everyone. Flaxseed is nothing new, it has been dated as far back as 3,000 B.C. where it was cultivated in Babylon. In fact, burial chambers depict flax cultivation and clothing from flax fibres. The healthy oils in flax help you to feel full longer and help keep your blood sugar at a more steady level, thus eliminating the spike and crash that would come from simple sugars and carbohydrates. If you feel fuller, longer, you as a result, will eat less than if you had eaten a low or no fat meal. The oils in Flaxseed are converted to compounds that fire up the metabolic processes in our cells. sort of like a furnace, once they get going, the cells generate more heat and burn more fuel, in this case, calories.
Flaxseed is highly nutritious and high in fiber. The essential nutrients in flaxseed oil also increase oxygen consumption at the cell-level resulting in increased energy and stamina, and feeling of well-being. Flax expands five times in bulk when ingested - we all know that fiber is our friend in the weight loss game, and what a painless way to add extra fiber to you diet.
We're not saying that flaxseed is "the" miracle-fix for everything, but it has been touted to help with much, much more than just weight loss. Some other benefits of flaxseed are:
- Flaxseed is full of lignans (potent cancer fighters).
- Flaxseed helps to improve your immune system.
- The Omega-3's in flaxseed help to lower your blood pressure.
- Flax has been shown to lower blood levels of triglycerides and very low density lipoproteins.
- Flaxseed (because of the Omega-3's) has anti-inflammatory properties.
- The good oils in Flaxseed help to control skin problems (such as eczema and psoriasis).
So, what are you waiting for?? Get out there and get yourself some flaxseed - your body will thank you for it (and you'll probably drop a few extra pounds too)!