Beloved Flax

Nov 05

Beloved Flax

Some things are just to good to ignore. Flax seed is one of them. It has an interesting history. Apparently it was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. The earliest records of it being consumed come from Ancient Greece, and it was highly praised in the Greek and Roman literature of the time. After the fall of Rome it sort of disappeared until in the 8th Century it was discovered by King Charlemagne. He believed so strongly in the benefits of it that he commanded his subjects to take it! Smart guy!

More recently it has been documented as an aid in relieving gastro-intestinal pains, hemorrhoids, infections, and colic. It has also shown signs of being able protect against cancer, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers, and the lignans found in flax are shown to benefit those suffering from cancers that deal with hormones. Flax also aids in the protection against heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, and hot flashes!

So, how do you take advantage of this amazing plant?

  • First of all you want to eat it freshly ground (just use an inexpensive coffee grinder to grind it right before you use it). This increases your body’s ability to absorb the amazing nutrients of flax – otherwise it’s likely to pass through your system untouched.
  • Replace 1/4 – 1/2 of your flour with ground flax seed to improve the health benefits of your baking.
  • Mix in a couple of tablespoons per serving into your smoothies, casseroles, gravies, and yogurt.
  • Put some freshly ground flax seed in a cheese shaker and sprinkle it on salads

Want more ideas? Check out this “Healthy Flax Seed” site!

One important note: if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor first before consuming flax. It’s affect on hormones might not be healthy for you or your baby at this time.

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