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Is Flaxseed the New Super Power Food?

 

I’ve been dealing with some serious gastrointestinal health issues for about four months now. In an effort to narrow down what it is (and, in addition to some medical testing), I put myself on a mostly vegan diet with some even tighter restrictions (I like to call it Vegan+)–no dairy, no sugar, no salt, no oils and hardly any meat or flour products. This leaves beans, oats, vegetables, nuts, berries and death.

Yes, it has sucked.

Flaxseed for Breakfast

I’ve loosely been following the Eat to Live dietby Dr. Furhman. One of the things this diet recommends is a tablespoon full of Flaxseed every day. When I was sprinkling it on my oatmeal one morning my husband said, “What is that?”

“Flaxseed.”

“What does it do?”

I shrugged. I knew it had something to do with fiber and had heard it referred to as a “wonder food,” but honestly, I didn’t understand the full effects. That seemed silly to be ingesting something and not understand it, so off I went to do my research.

About Flaxseed

Flaxseeds,also sometimes called linseed, come in either brown or yellow, with yellow being the most common. (However, I eat the brown kind. Whatever.)

Even if you’re not familiar with flaxseed, you have probably consumed them. They are found in items like crackers, waffles and even cookies. Because of its healthy properties, it is becoming even more popular in products, even used to feed chickens so that they lay eggs with higher Omega-3 fatty acids–those “good” fats.

Benefits of Flaxseed

Along with the Omega-3 fatty acid benefits, flaxseeds are also known for antioxidant qualities and fiber.

According to WebMD, flaxseeds may even reduce chances of

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hot flashes
  • Asthma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
Although there are many benefits of flaxseed, it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because the effects are unknown on these groups.

Eat to Live Oatmeal with Flaxseed

Every morning now I have oatmeal. Here is how I eat my oatmeal that follows the Eat to Live plan and seems to be easier on my gastrointestinal system.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats (not instant in those packages)

1/2 to 1 Cup of Soy milk (I like my oatmeal a little “soupy” so add as much milk as you like)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 TB raisins

1/2 apple, peeled and diced

1 TB flaxseed, ground with a coffee grinder (you can leave it whole, but it will pass through your system faster than if you grind it)

Directions

Mix oatmeal, cinnamon and soy milk. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave, stir and place in bowl. Top with flaxseed, raisins and apples. Enjoy!

Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.