What if I told you that you could include a very simple inexpensive item into your diet which would help improve your skin, digestion and overall health? You might be wondering how one food can have all of these beneficial health benefits and what it is.
The answer is flax seed. Flaxseed oil has many benefits. By incorporating flax seed into your diet today you can make improvements to your health and well-being.
There are two types of flax seed products and they each have their own health benefits – flaxseed oil and ground flax seed.
You should take a flaxseed oil capsule for its Omega-3s benefits. Flaxseed oil is the richest source of the Omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. Our body reserves this special fat to perform many important functions.
Most adults lack the essential Omega-3s because of all of the processed foods we consume. Our bodies can’t make this fat so taking a daily flaxseed oil capsule supplement becomes very important for optimal health.
Two of VitaMedica’s one gram Flaxseed oil capsules contain over a gram (1,140 mg) of this essential fatty acid. VitaMedica’s Flaxseed oil is made from non-GMO flax seeds. Just one to two softgels daily supports supple-looking skin, joint lubrication and regularity. After taking this supplement for a few weeks your skin will appear softer and smoother which in return makes you look younger and more relaxed.
While ground flax seed contains a small amount of Omega-3 oils, this food should be consumed because the high fiber content in the ground seed helps promote a healthy digestive tract. The insoluble fiber in flax seed meal keeps you regular while the soluble fiber helps remove cholesterol from your arteries.
Another benefit of flax seed is fiber. Most adults do not consume enough fiber. You should be getting 25-38 grams of fiber per day in your diet. Just one tablespoon of ground flax seed provides 2 grams of fiber or 8% of daily values. Plus, ground flax seed tastes much better than the alternatives like Metamucil.
It’s easy to add flax seed into your daily diet. You can sprinkle ground flax seed on oatmeal, yogurt or even add to smoothies. Also look for whole wheat bread with flax seed at the grocery store.
Another benefit of flax seed is that they are of best plant sources of phytonutrients called lignans. Lab studies have shown that lignans can help prevent both breast and prostate cancer.
By including both a flaxseed oil capsule and ground flax seed into your daily diet you are gaining essential fatty acids and fiber. These important additions to your diet will help improve you overall health.
David H. Rahm, M.D. is the founder and medical director of The Wellness Center, a medical clinic located in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Rahm is also president and medical director of VitaMedica. Dr. Rahm is one of a select group of conventional medical doctors who have education and expertise in functional medicine and nutritional science. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Rahm has published articles in the plastic surgery literature and educated physicians about the importance of good peri-operative nutrition.