In order for your body to absorb the health benefits of flaxseeds they need to be ground, you can do this yourself with a small coffee grinder when you want them or you can buy pre-ground flaxseeds, but these must be stored in the fridge. Ground flaxseeds contain the omega 3 fat, called alpha linolenic acid (ALA), it is a pre-cursor to EPA (fish oils). The benefits are anti-inflammatory, control high blood pressure, cholesterol lowering and is high in beneficial fibre. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which is very beneficial for women’s health, in particular protective against reproductive cancers. They are also rich in magnesium, vitamin B1, tryptophan and manganese.
Whole flaxseeds are hard to break down in the digestive system, so they are best soaked overnight in hot water to create a mucilage consistency and swallowed in the morning followed by a cup of water. Soaked whole flaxseeds is more for helping constipation, as you can imagine the mucilage pushing through your digestive tract.
My favourite is to add ground flaxseeds to plain natural yoghurt with cinnamon and fruit. Or it can be sprinkled on porridge, healthy cereals, soups, added to homemade breads.
I hope this helps!
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