Friday, January 16, 2015

Super Food - Flax-seeds

In this post I wrote a little bit about functional foods and the importance of adding the it in our eating routine, right? Well, today I write a little more about flaxseeds.

Flax seeds is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world, known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China.

• Flax seeds are a rich source of micro-nutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, zinc, iron,vitamin B1, B2, C and E, and the essential fatty acid, also known as omega 3 and 6.

• Researches have found evidence to suggest that flax seed can help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease and may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
Also, Flax seeds are thought to prevent the growth of cancerous cells because its omega-3 disrupt malignant cells from clinging onto other body cells.

Flax seeds are found in 4 different forms for consumption:

-Ground Flax seed: we can add it to juices, yogurt, fruit, milkshakes, pancakes or crepes mixes, etc. And beacuse it is already grounded is much better absorved for our organism.

- Grains: made from cellulose are not digested in the intestine , and  become a barrier for nutrients . You can crush it at home, but you can only keep this food in the fridge for four days, more than that it loses its essential nutrients.

- Flax seed Oil: Cannot be heated or they will lose its properties
When this oil is cold, it becomes a good option and can be used in preparations, as salad dressing.

Supplements: Normally, due to the manipulation and all encapsulation process, they end up being less effective than food fresh.

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