November 23rd, 2010
There are several health benefits of flax seed, such as it benefits the skin, relieves constipation, and aids in burning fat and building muscle. Roasted flax seed is good for heart health and can fight arthritis and depression.
Flax seeds are basically very small seeds that resemble sesame seeds used on hamburger buns. Although flax seed is inexpensive when purchased raw, you need to grind down the seed in order to obtain the nutritional benefits. Raw flax seed should not be consumed without grinding the seed to a powder. The seed hull is very hard and, if raw, will usually pass through your body intact, without releasing any of the “good for you” nutrition. For convenience, you can buy milled flax seed, which is grinded flax, or roasted flax seed. You can also purchase flax seed vitamin supplements in the form of seed oil or pills. The suggested option is to buy roasted flax seed since it is tasty, crunchy and easily digestible.
Flax seed that is roasted maintains the nutritional values of the seed and is able to be eaten directly out of the bag. This is due to the seed hulls being weakened by the slight roasting. Merely chewing the tasty seed breaks the hull, thereby releasing all the omega oils and lignans essential for good health.
What makes roasted flax seed so popular is the fact that it contains Omega 3 fatty acids. As Omega 3 is not produced by the body, it is important to give the body adequate Omega 3s from natural sources. Roasted flax seed is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to fish oils, which have been known to be the richest source of Omega 3.
The Health Benefits of Roasted Flax Seed or Milled Flax:
- Roasted flax seeds have astringent and laxative properties.
- Roasted flax seeds are filled with Omega 3 fatty acids that are extremely essential for the health of the heart. Omega 3 contained in roasted flax seeds fight cholesterol deposits in the arteries.
- Roasted flax seeds help in clearing acne by controlling the production of excessive androgens- the hormones that cause acne or pimples.
- Roasted flax seeds can help prevent dry eyes and skin, providing the necessary oils used for tear production.
Roasted flax seed can be consumed a variety of ways, some of which include as a snack or topping to your favorite meal. Flax seeds can make a crunchy and delicious salad topping, while adding nutritional benefits such as fiber and lignans. For more information on how to incorporate healthy toppings on your salad check out the blog, Salad Toppings