The Flax plant produces linen, paper, soap, dye, and fishing nets—which is why it makes perfect sense that its seed is known to promote eternal health and beauty.
High in protein, soluble fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, Bossy doesn’t really know what these things are, manganese, and carotene, Flax seeds are thought to play a role in reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, preventing breast cancer, stabilizing blood sugar, balancing female hormones, and promoting a good night’s sleep.
This is partly due to its high content of alpha linolenic acid which is an omega 3 fatty acid similar to what’s found in salmon except this fatty acid comes from a plant and not a fish because we are talking about a plant here and who else thinks Fatty Acid would make a great name for a punk rock band?
Anyway. Here’s what this alpha linolenic omega 3 fatty acid action is all about: it lowers the bad cholesterol and reduces inflammation throughout our bodies—which is key when evidence suggests that inflammation may contribute to issues such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and cancer.
Flax seed is also rich in lignans which is an estrogen-like chemical found in plants. Estrogen. In plants. These lignans act to flush excess estrogen from the body and may promote fertility and reduce the symptoms of menopause. Lignans may also have significant antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
To recap: these bitch-ass seeds are good for you and taste kinda smokey.
Possible problems: Due to its high fiber content, flax seeds may induce bowel movements. Similarly you may become constipated. Also there’s the little matter of cyanide compounds, but only when flax seeds are consumed raw. Additional note: you must consume flax seeds raw.
Shall we begin? First you’ll need one of these:
Because in order to benefit from the nutrients, the flax seeds need to be ground. Oh, and you shouldn’t buy them pre-ground because the oil in the seeds is unsaturated and therefore prone to rancidity. The best way to keep them fresh is to buy them while still contained within their safe little seed shell—where they’ll stay fresh for one year when stored properly.
Next you’ll need this:
That price represents a case of four 24-ounce packages! And 4 multiplied by 24 is… two kabillion flax seeds! Note for Amazon customers: buy new, not used.
And finally you’ll need this:
It’s a cookbook to inform you of all the ways you can
hide assimilate flax seeds into your diet. And by the way, the recommended amount is ¼ cup of freshly ground seeds three to seven days a week. Happy milling.