Flaxseed meal is crushed or grounded flaxseed. You can make your own flaxseed meal at home by using a blender or a coffee grinder. Grind 1 to 2 cups at a time and use as needed. Many stores offer a grinding service for free.
Always remember to take flaxseed as soon as possible after grinding them up, because they start to oxidize as soon as they’ve been ground. The flaxseed also starts to turn rancid with oxidation.
Adding flaxseed to your diet: Ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal may be added to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, casseroles, meatloaf, hamburgers, chili, muffins, pancakes, breads, cookies, etc.
How to Store Flaxseed Meal: Whole flaxseeds can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 year. Ground flaxseeds should be frozen in a dark container for up to 4 months.
Nutrient Content of Flaxseed: Aside from essential fatty acid flaxseed is also rich in vitamin A, some of the B vitamins, D, and E, lecithin, and many minerals. It also contains many different amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
Health Benefits of Flaxseed:
- Flaxseed is rich in essential fatty acid which is important for proper brain function. People with Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia and ADHD will benefit from taking Flaxseed.
- Flaxseed meal is a natural blood thinner. This helps prevent strokes and optimizes circulation to the heart and body tissues.
- Flaxseed is a rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber helps remove toxins from the body, it can also help reduce cholesterol and regulate blood-sugar level. One quarter cup of flax contains approximately 20g of total fiber, which is about half of the recommended daily fiber requirement (doctors suggest 35 to 50g daily).
- Flaxseed help feed the “good bacteria” – the kind that reside in the digestive tract, helping with digestion.
- Flaxseed is very rich in lignin, phytonutrient that helps fight cancer, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Lignans can also balance the hormones, taking 40g of flaxseed per day significantly reduce symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats in women with mild menopausal symptoms.
- Flaxseeds anti-inflammatory effect is beneficial in conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis.
- Flaxseed essential fatty acid content is also beneficial in many skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and sunburn, and also strengthens hair and nails.
Flaxseed Meal Dosage:
- Adult – 1 to 2 tablespoons daily but if you are prone to digestive problems, it is recommended to start with ¼ tablespoon daily and gradually increase the dosage.
- Children – 1 to 2 teaspoon of flaxseed meal daily, but they, too, may need to start with a lower dose.
Note: Make sure to always drink at least 8oz of water when you’re taking flaxseed meal. The liquid is needed to help move the seeds through the intestinal tract. You can also add the flaxseed ground to shake or juice to help it go down more easily.
Important Things to Remember When Taking Flaxseed Meal:
- People with diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) should avoid flaxseed due to its possible laxative effects.
- Flaxseed may stimulate menstruation or have other hormonal effects and could be harmful to pregnancy.
Side Effects of Consuming Flaxseed:
- Abdominal Pain and Constipation. Always remember to drink plenty of water to prevent it from swelling up and blocking your digestive tract.
- Excessive intake of flaxseed may increase the risk of bleeding, based on early studies that show decreased clotting of blood.
“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @ 20:07″