Let me introduce you to the beauty of the flaxseed. But not to any ordinary flaxseed, but Canadian Golden Flax Seed.
About Golden Flax
Most of the flaxseed grown in North America is brown in color. Golden Flax is a hybridized form of the common flax and is grown primarily as a food crop. The brown variety is grown for commercial use in the paint and solvent industries. Golden Flaxseed has several more characteristics that make it more appealing as a food and more effective as a medicine. First of all the major difference is the color and milder flavor. It is also higher in omega 3 fatty acid and has a higher soluble fiber content.
Golden flax seed is your best plant source of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) or Omega3 fatty acid. The restorative and preventative benefits of golden flax in your diet are many, including lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The Omega3 fatty acids act as natural anticoagulants, which make red blood cells more flexible, causing less blockage and clots, and thus decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. We’ve all heard about the importance of Omega3 in our diets. Here is a very easy, economical and tasty way to incorporate it daily. Just a 1/4 cup contains a full 9 grams!
Just 1/4 cup of Golden Flaxseed has as many immune enhancing lignans as:
- 90lbs of cabbage
- 82lbs of banana’s
- 75 lbs of strawberries
- 25lbs of broccoli
- or 12lbs of wheat.
That it is vitally important to grind the flax the day of use. You can use a small coffee grinder and just put in two table spoons of flax in it, grinds it and have beautiful ‘golden dust’ to sprinkle over muesli and fruit! You can also sprinkle it on your salads, in soups, in yogurt or simple stirred into water or juice.
Flaxseed oil is also highly beneficial and offers the same benefits as the seed, and is amazing as a salad dressing, with balsamic.
What do you guys think of Flax? Do you use it in your daily diets?