Top sources of Heart Healthy Omega-3 acids: Flaxseed, walnuts, salmon, canola & olive oil
The most concentrated plant source of Omega-3 acids
Omega-3 found in salmon, flaxseed, olive & canola oil
Milled flaxseed is much healthier than whole grains
•1. One tablespoon (30 calories) contains no absorbable carbs and an astonishing three grams of fiber, which equals the dietary fiber in one slice of whole wheat bread, one-half cup of cooked brown rice, or one cup of cooked, chopped broccoli.
•2. Milled flaxseed also helps to lower blood sugar, and reduces the need for insulin or oral blood sugar lowering drugs. Flaxseed’s viscous fibers inhibit the absorption of excess calories, reduce blood sugar reactions after meals, increase cell and tissue sensitivity to insulin, and help to regulate insulin secretion by the pancreas.
•3. Milled flaxseed contains large amounts of alpha linolenic acid, a plant-derived Omega-3 acid similar to the fatty acids found in salmon and tuna that help to lower blood pressure, blood triglycerides, and cardiovascular risk. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack, and further boosting heart health.
•4. Flaxseed’s lignans are powerhouse antioxidants that help lower cholesterol, slow the aging process, prevent heart disease and cancer, and also slow complications of type 1 & type 2 diabetes.
•5.Milled flaxseed provides 700 times more lignans than whole grains or legumes.
•6. Two tablespoons (60 calories, a serving) of this miracle food provides 6,000 lignan antioxidants AND 2,600 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids, along with 6 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fiber, and 4.5 grams of heart healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fat. That’s an astonishing amount of health in one little serving.
•7. Milled flaxseed substitutes beautifully for margarine and butter, in a ratio of 3 to 1. That is, 3 tablespoons of flaxseed substitute for 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine. Recipes for pancakes and baked goods come out moist, delicious, and many times more healthy than those made with butter or margarine.
How to eat milled flaxseed?
Bake with it, or sprinkle it over any meal or snack. Nutty delicious, it’s great sprinkled over and into salad, soup, any meal anytime.
You can also put 2 tablespoons on the side of your dinner plate. Then sprinkle it with cinnamon for a huge extra antioxidant boost (13,070 antioxidants per tsp). Try smooshing that flaxseed/cinnamon mound into your chili or chicken stroganoff, any meal, or just mix it with your veggies. It’s delicious that way, and incredibly healthy!