Flaxseed: Superfood of the Month!
Flaxseed is packed with brain-boosting proteins and disease fighting omega-3's- the "good" fats such as Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), which help build neurons and support the health of the area surrounding the brain. Three tablespoons of flaxseed have as much Omega-3's as a pound of fish! Studies show that eating two to three tablespoons of flaxseed a day can:
~ Help protect against memory loss and depresssion
~ Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels up to a whopping 65 per cent!
~ Help fight against certain cancers, such as breast and prostrate cancer
~ Reduce inflammation
I particularly love flaxseeds in the morning, because they are an excellent source of fiber. They are also rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. The best way to absorb all these nutrients is to grind the flaxseeds in a blender. You can also purchase ground flaxseed at Whole Foods or another health food store. Then, you can add it to any meal, especailly breakfast smoothies or a salad. To get all the brain-boosting benefits, eat two to three tablespoons of flaxseed a day.
Many people tell me that they skip breakfast, thinking it will help them lose weight. But, then they are "starving" by 11 a.m. and start snacking before lunch and throughout the day. When my clients start their day off with a breakfast smoothie, it actually helps them lose weight.* Look for my breakfast recipes this week!
Remember, Bee Fitters, food determines how we feel and heal!
*Source: Crave Nutrition, LLC