Indeed, the therapeutic properties of these seeds make them ideal for digestive health and weight loss while promoting normal bowel movements. Their high concentration of healthy fats can do wonders to skin and hair. They have also been known to significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and also help with anxiety and depression. As far as balancing hormones, flax is royal - the lignans in the flax may specifically help women maintain regular cycles and lessen symptoms of menopause. Their estrogenic properties can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
HOW TO USE FLAX SEEDS
- As whole flax seeds cannot be broken down and will pass through your digestive system intact, it is best to use ground flax and always kept refrigerated (I actually keep mine in the freezer for up to 6 months) in an air-tight container
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of flax to your morning smoothie or over your favourite cereal.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of flax with your yogurt and add some honey or maple syrup
- Use ground flax seed/flax meal in muffin, cookie and bread recipes
- Mix it with with water and use as an egg substitute in baking
- Use 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed oil daily (I keep the oil refrigerated for up to 6 weeks) over your favourite salads
- As it is gluten-free, it can be a great replacement for gluten-containing grains, making them ideal for those with Celiac disease or with a gluten sensitivity
- Consider supplementing with flax seed oil softgels under the supervision of a healthcare professional