Flaxseed – Let’s Get To The Bottom Of This

November 22, 2010 by Matt

Flaxseed is among the newest rage buzzword in the nutrition world. But what is it, can it help you, and is it completely worth it? Well by now if you’ve been following my blogs, you probably realize I won’t ever tell you to get something that’s not worth it. I don’t like wasting people’s money on something that’s not going to do them any good in the long run. And also, there is so much huff and fly-by-night companies that I really and truly will only recommend stuff I actually KNOW will be worth your investment. So let’s get down to it…

Flaxseed, historically speaking, was used by the Babylonians as early as 3000B.C. and was actually issued during the reign of King Charlemagne that his subjects consume it because of the vast array of health benefits they found linked with it. Ok. Ok. I know. Enough History Matt. But it’s important to learn a bit about this stuff before you decide to take it right. Which brings me to my next point.

It is amazingly beneficial for you.

Whether you try flaxseed oil in a vinaigrette dressing or you actually toast or put raw seeds on your salad, you will find that this little seed packs a serious health punch. So much in fact that you should actually use it in moderation because it is such a high fiber load.

So what’s so great about this stuff?

First off, nutritionists, researchers, and scientists believe that it could be the most important health-promoting supplement next to a multi-vitamin. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from flax seed oil’s natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.

Not only that but here comes the old list of benefits you’re used to by now:

• Fights Cholesterol
• Fights Breast Cancer
• Fights Constipation
• Fights Inflammation
• Fights Heart Disease
• Boosts Your Immune System
• Fights Menopausal Symptoms
• High in Phytochemicals which can prevent type 2 Diabetes
• Also High In Omega-3 Fatty Acids just like wild salmon.
• Plus there’s more

Here’s the problem. Unfortunately, our current diets do not come close to meeting our daily EFA (essential fatty acids) requirements. The richest sources of EFAs such as flax seeds, cold-water fish, and soy and canola oils are rarely found in our regular meals. In addition, more typical foods like red meats and egg yolks can actually encourage the body’s production of bad prostaglandins. Flax Seed oil can help restore the body’s natural balance of good and bad prostaglandins.

Wait! Back up. What’s a prostaglandin you ask?

Well in sort because even in my research and all my knowledge I honestly get bored with what this is but a prostaglandin is nothing short of a fatty acid hormone in your body. Let’s not delve any further into that boring scientific abyss.

What’s important to note here is that this stuff is a virtual cornucopia of vitamins, minerals, health benefits, and fatty acids that help prevent, help strengthen, and help ward off any ails or diseases that might come your way. Most of you have probably heard of fish oil which was another buzz word running around the community. Flaxseed contains more than 50% more Omega-3 fatty acids and also doesn’t have that fishy after taste.

So check it out for yourself and see if you want to try it. Do I take it? No. Kind of hypocritical of me saying that. Um…no :)

I really do just want to help educate people on everything but the reason I don’t have to take Flaxseed really comes down to the fact that I eat overall pretty darn healthy and of course I use whey protein which is amazing for you even more so than this little natural seed. If you think the list of benefits for Flax is long, just wait until you see some stuff about whey protein. This is legit and pretty much all you’ll ever need to take to give your body that overall balance you’ve probably been looking for. It makes me feel great almost instantly too.

Here’s an article I want you to read on organic whey protein powder so check it out before you leave here. Or leave a comment because hey why not.

Until next time. Cheers!
-Matt Smith