I’ve spoken many times about flaxseed. What’s the benefits of flaxseed really, for gut health? Are there any benefits for eating flaxseed? Well, there’s tons of benefits for eating flaxseed. Flaxseed is a crop that’s likely probably the first crop ever grown. I mean it goes back, there are reports of if you go back five, 6000 years ago, people were consuming flax. The Egyptians grew a lot of flax. They grew it, of course, for cloth. They made linen, flax linen out of the fiber out of it, so it was revered. Even the mummies, a lot of people actually are wrapped up in linen cloth. So, it saw them through their life as well as their death. So it’s amazing. Lots of people talk about the omega-3 content of flaxseed when in fact it doesn’t really contain omega-3, it contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is a precursor to omega-3 so it can get built into an omega-3 compound.
But to do so, it has to work through a particular pathway where it will need vitamin B6 and it will need other nutrients to turn into an omega-6. So, I don’t necessarily think it’s an omega-3 supplement. But alpha-linolenic acid has many, many benefits for the body nevertheless. A lot of anti-inflammatory benefits in particular. But flax is a good source, flaxseed, of calcium magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and various other minerals as well. And it also contains stuff called lignans, which is a kind of estrogen mimicking compound, so it’s used a lot also successfully for premenstrual syndrome and things like that. And for menopausal symptoms it works well. Linseed, sunflower, almond, L-S-A, is a good mix. It’s very good for the gut because it contains fiber. The key thing about flaxseed is the fiber content.
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So, research. You can probably read some studies online and the mouse and rat studies, I believe, where they fed mice, the fiber. And what they were quite surprised with was it had an interesting effect on preventing obesity. So the fiber does fill people up, but it also triggers various types of groups of bacteria, good bacteria to grow in large amounts and they confer a lot of benefit on the people, on the consumer. They even have appetite controlling, that kind of benefit about. So yeah, I’m a big fan of flax. I think it should be part of everyone’s diet. It can be used in a smoothie, the flaxseed, you can even make muffins. So, check out the blueberry muffin recipe online. Blueberry, I think it’s blueberry and flaxseed muffin recipe. It’s got honey in it. It’s an excellent recipe. It’s got spelt flour in it, it’s a really good one.
But yeah, there are many, many ways you can consume the flax. The oil is, the linseed oil is a really nice oil to consume. It’s a great one. I really like the taste of that. It’s quite nice for sort of really light or shallow sort of cooking. It’s got a nice golden color and a beautiful taste. But if you’ve got constipation, this is the stuff to have, flaxseed oil in your diet, oil and seed, same. Flax and Linseed’s the same thing. The oil, I would recommend you consume that regularly, and also the powder or the ground flaxseed. Fantastic for getting the bowel working really well. Good for bloating. Make sure you have plenty of water in your diet, but two or three tablespoons of the flax over a several month period, you watch what happens. You’ll get incredible benefit from that.Thanks for tuning in.