I am sold on flaxseed! This wonderful, nutritious super-seed (also called linseed) has so much to offer.
It is a traditional food source and an effective natural remedy that has found diverse use in cultures across the world – from ancient times to now, when a recent and renewed surge of interest has brought our attention back to it.
What makes flaxseed phenomenal for us women (and especially menopausal women) is that it is a great source of lignans or phenolic compounds. Lignans are powerful plant-based compounds that have a delicate estrogen effect. For this reason, having flaxseed regularly can help balance hormones, lower inflammation, enhance gut health and improve emotional health and wellbeing.
Flaxseed oil also contains alpha-linolenic acid that can have fabulous effects for the skin, reducing blemishes and marks and making it radiant and healthy.
To add to that list, flaxseed is also rich in healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, healthy proteins and fibre. As well as essential minerals that play an important role in women’s health – such as calcium and magnesium. All this gives flaxseed many cancer-fighting and heart health-boosting properties.
Here in this week’s blog post, I discuss the benefits of flaxseed meal for women in general and for menopausal women in particular. Take it from me and include flaxseed in your meal-plan, today. And don’t forget to give the quick and simple flaxseed recipe that’s included a try. You’ll love it!
Flaxseed for women’s health
Women! believe me when I say that flaxseed will change your life! If you suffer from estrogen dominance, irregular and extreme periods, and unbearable menstrual pains and cramps – flaxseed can solve the problem for you and there is a science behind it.
Flaxseed contains lignans and lignans are a group of phytochemicals that have weak estrogenic and anti-estrogenic properties. What does that mean? It means that flaxseed can balance the ratio of progesterone to estrogen in your body. This is incredible! For women with estrogen dominance issues, this can mean a lot, including the diminishing of fibroids, cysts, PMS, and the regulation of periods.
Flaxseed for menopausal symptoms
What I am about to tell you will blow your mind – Incorporating flaxseed in your meals and eating flaxseed regularly can help promote hormone balance and fertility. And it can decrease the intensity of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, by up to 60%!
Here’s how – The body turns omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed into series 1 and 3 anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. These hormone-like substances act as the body’s natural defence against inflammation and pain. Intaking about a tablespoon of ground flaxseed each day can affect the way estrogen is handled in perimenopausal and menopausal women in a positive way.
Flaxseed for weight loss
Flaxseed keeps things moving along in the digestive system, detoxifies the body and helps with weight loss. Consuming flaxseed can suppress appetite and make you feel full and satiated earlier in the meal allowing for reduced food intake and weight loss.
As you may know, flaxseed is available in different forms – as flaxseed flour (meal) and flaxseed oil, or whole, as flaxseed. And you can use all these forms to create some delicious and healthy dishes to enjoy. Toasted flaxseed can be sprinkled on salads, yogurt, or smoothies. Flaxseed is also found contained in energy bars that are highly popular and can be bought from specialty stores and health-food markets.
Recipe: Coconut Yoghurt and Flaxseed in a Breakfast Jar
Here’s a delicious recipe that is just perfect for the summer. Give it a go.
- 2 tsp. flaxseed meal
- 1 fresh mango chopped or 1 large handful of frozen mango chunks
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- 2 tbsp. coconut yoghurt
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
- Pour into serving glasses or mason jars and ENJOY!
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