If you are really, really serious about fighting aging then take out your grocery list and add: FLAX SEEDS. Flax seeds are a super food for anti-aging like none other!!
Three Important Points to Remember:
- Buy whole flax seeds not pre-ground as they will last longer and the precious oils are better retained
- Store flax seeds in the fridge
- Buy a coffee grinder to grind the flax
But why are they so important you ask?
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory
Flax seeds contain extremely high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential acids -the most well known are DHA, EPA, ALA – are critical to making the body work efficiently but are not made in it. We must get omega-3s from our diet. EPA and DHA are mainly found in fish while ALA is found in plants and partially converts into EPA and DHA in the body. Omega-3s famously reduce inflammation in the body by combating free radicals produced by white blood cells that are responding to any number of toxins (sun, cigarette smoke, chemicals in make-up, car exhaust) we are exposed to daily. Free radicals are what create inflammation which causes systems to break down and skin damage – often in the form of wrinkles, pigmentation, and loss of elasticity.
The high fiber content of flax seeds moves waste through the intestine more efficiently (they are a recommended daily, natural laxative for pregnant women) while helping the intestine better absorb nutrients. Effective eradication of waste is critical to keeping the body clean. Waste contains many toxins so we need to keep everything moving!
Flax seeds are rife in lignin a phytohormone and a good fat. Phytohormones are chemical messengers that mimic hormone activity. Because lignans mimic estrogen they are very helpful to menopausal women with dipping levels of estrogen. Estrogen helps fight skin damage and keeps skin firm and youthful. A word of caution here – women with breast cancer or a family history of breast cancer should be cautious when consuming foods with phytohormones (like soy and palm oil) since excessive estrogen can feed tumor growth. Know your history and if you want more information visit and endocrinologist who can measure your hormone levels and educate you further.
Ways to Eat Flax
- Grind and sprinkle on yogurt
- Add to muffins and cakes
- Add to cereal
- Add to smoothies
- Grind 2 tablespoons and add to a glass of water and drink quickly (or it will become kind of gluey!)
Buy flax seed oil from the bio store, keep in the fridge and use it as a cool moisturizer on your face and body. Our skin is our largest organ and very porous so you will be absorbing omega-3s while you moisturize!