Superfood Spotlight: Flax Seeds

Flax-Seed-Title

Flax seeds have been cultivated for consumption for close to 6000 years. There are so many health benefits of these tiny seeds – they should be a pantry staple. The good news, they’re not expensive, and they are readily available in most grocery stores.

Here are my top 3 reasons that I recommend all of my clients consume 1 TBSP of ground flax seed every day:

  1. Flax seeds are high in Omega 3’s, specifically ALA, which is essential for health maintenance and disease prevention The ALA in flaxseed has found to be stable for at least 3 hours of cooking at oven temperatures (approximately 300F), which makes it available after ground flaxseeds have been added to baked goods.
  1. Flax seeds are high in soluble fiber. The soluble fiber traps fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it unable to be absorbed. Also, flax is extremely high in both insoluble fiber which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.
  2. Flax seeds are high in lingans. Flaxseeds are the richest source of plant lignans, having about 8 times the lignan content of sesame seeds [note that flaxseed oil does not contain lignans – they bind to the fiber]. The other plant foods on the list have about one-tenth or less the amount of lignans as sesame seeds per serving.

The three lignans found in flaxseeds can be converted by intestinal bacteria into enterolactone  and enterodiol which            naturally balance hormones which may be the reason flax seeds reduce the risk of breast cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the lignans in flaxseeds may also reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.

**In addition, flaxseed is a good source of iron, zinc, calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and folate.

Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefits than does whole flaxseed. That’s because the seeds are very hard, making them difficult to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding breaks the seeds up, making them easier to digest when eaten. If whole flax seeds remain unbroken, they may pass undigested through the body.

You can add the ground flaxseed to your morning oatmeal or other cereal. I blend 1 TBSP of ground flaxseed into a green smoothie each morning. You can also add them to muffins, bread and cookie recipes

Eat Healthy & Thrive

www.eathealthyandthrive.com

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

Mango-Strawberry-Sunshine-Smoothie-3

This smoothie is like a burst of sunshine. As delicious as it is beautiful. Packed with phytonutrients, it is alkalizing and anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric: The active ingredient in turmeric is the antioxidant curcumin that slows the replication of cancer cells and helps protect healthy cells from damage. Curcumin can also potentially benefit you by:Promoting your immune system. Helping you maintain your healthy digestive system, Supporting your healthy bones, joints, and overall skeletal system, and Promoting healthy blood and liver functions.

Ginger: helps curb genetic mutations that transform normal cells into cancer cells. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects are well researched and . It can ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux.

Grapefruit: detoxifying; contains naringenin which slows the growth of breast cancer cells; the peel contains d-limonene which may help in keeping pancreatic and colorectal cancers at bay.

Orange: detoxifying; contains cancer-inhibiting flavonoids; the peel contains d-limonene which may help in fighting pancreatic and colorectal cancers.

Carrot: rich in protective carotene that stimulates T-cell cytotoxic capabilities; protects the skin from sun damage; helps protect against lung, bladder, stomach, prostate and colon cancers.

Banana: high in potassium and low in sodium, they help reduce blood pressure and equalize blood sugar levels.

Mango: mango has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels.

Coconut: Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. Also a very good source of B-complex vitamins and potassium.

 

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

Serves 2

  •  1 cup coconut water,or plain filtered water
  • 1 orange, peeled + 1-2 tsp of the zest
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled + 1-2 tsp of the zest
  • 1 banana  1 mango, pitted & peeled or 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 large carrot (or a small handful of baby carrots)
  • 2-3 slices of fresh turmeric
  • 1-2 slices of fresh ginger

Toss everything into the Vitamix & you’re good to go! *If the fruit that you’re using is not frozen, you may want to add a couple ice cubes when blending, just to make the smoothie nice and cold.

Enjoy!

Vitamix is one the BEST investments in your health that you can make!

*Enter code 06-008081 and get FREE shipping!

https://secure.vitamix.com/?COUPON=06-008081

Eat Healthy and Thrive

www.eathealthyandthrive.com

Kick Start Your Weight Loss

Eating BOM’s can reduce your risk of cancer and really kick start your fat loss!

BOM’s = Berries – Onions – Mushrooms

These foods are known as anti-angiogenic. Research shows that by eating foods that can block the process of angiogenesis, you can starve cancer cells.

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, you can also block the blood supply to fat cells by eating anti-angiogenic foods. The more of these foods you eat, the more weight you lose.

Eat Healthy and Thrive

www.eathealthyandthrive.com