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Why Should You Eat Flaxseed?

Learn why you should eat flaxseeds, and mistakes to avoid when eating them, from nutrition expert Alex Jamieson in this Howcast video.

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You might want to start including more flax seeds in your diet, because we are missing those great Omega 3 fatty acids from our diets, and flax seeds are a great source. Now we need those Omega-3 fatty acids because they provide incredible protection for our brain cells, they also are anti-inflammatory. We need a proper ratio of Omega-3s, Omega-6s, and Omega-9s in our diets, and we need more Omega-3s.

Flax seeds are a great way to get it, they're inexpensive and they're easy to use. Flax seeds also provide a lot of fiber, which we are also missing from our diet. Most people only get half the daily fiber that they should be getting to help clean out our intestines, and keep our digestive system healthy and running smoothly.

Now, there are three main mistakes that people make when consuming flax seeds. The first is that they need to be ground. You don't get the access to your Omega-3 oils in the flax seeds unless they are ground up. So either pulse them in a blender or use a little spice grinder or even a coffee mill to grind up the flax seeds before you put them in a recipe or sprinkle them on top of your food.

The other mistake people make is by not keeping their flax seed in the refrigerator. They need to stay cool, and they need to be protected from light. So keep them in a dark bottle in the refrigerator to protect those very delicate Omega-3 oils. The other mistake is that we shouldn't heat our Omega-3 rich oils like flax because they are very delicate and heat destroys the benefits.

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