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Dilligaf30



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:21 am    Post subject: flax seed??? Reply with quote

Ok, so I have noticed quite a few of you use flax seed. And I am going to ask the stupid question of the evening: What is it, and what benefits does it make in one's lifestyle change? Embarassed

Holli

I'd rather EAT my calories than DRINK them. I'd rather LOSE fat than EAT it.
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steffeysue



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flax seed is a predessor to some of the grains that we use today, ie, wheat. If you went to Sunday School they often spoke of flax being harvested to make bread. It is an oily grain and contains lots of Omega-3's. It is useful in lowering cholesteral in some people. One of the best ways to use flax (in my humble opinion) is to use it like breading on chicken and then bake it.

The miracle is not that I finished the race, it is that I had the courage to start. --John Bingham and Steffeysue
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Nicevans



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for asking this! Smile I keep reading posts, and I had no idea what it was either! Smile


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Bird77



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flax is a great source of omega-3 (that thing you also get from fish oil) and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential to a number of functions in the body. They're what many of us call the "good fats." They're generally known as essential fatty acids, or EFAs.

The following is from stumptuous.com, one of my favorite women's strength training sites:

"EFAs are thought to be instrumental in pulling oxygen from our lungs into our cells, retaining it there, and helping to make it useful for metabolic activities. As part of the cell membrane, EFAs are involved in the exchange of substances in and out of the cell, as well the generation and exchange of electrical currents which zip along cell membranes to communicate with other cells (EFAs are particularly important in active tissues such as the brain, sensory organs, and endocrinal [hormone-secreting and transporting] tissues). As part of the structures within the cell, EFAs engage in protein synthesis, oxidation of food molecules to produce energy, and storage/secretion of cellular products. EFAs improve muscular recovery time (especially important for people training) and increase the rate of metabolic reactions, help keep body fats fluid, increase stamina, speed healing, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumour growth, enhance the immune system, and keep skin nice and soft (once you begin taking EFAs you will likely notice an improvement in your skin, whether you have eczema, acne, or just plain old dry skin). Fish oils in particular are emerging as good nutritional therapies for inflammatory-based diseases and conditions, such as joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel syndrome."

So they help your body recover from workouts, and they also actually help you burn fat (I know, sounds weird to eat fats to burn fat, but it's true). Plus they do lots of other cool stuff too.

Flax seed is an easy source of EFAs, and it's nicely balanced for omega-3 and omega-6 content. That's important, because you need both.

Some people like to take it as oil, but I prefer ground flax seed or whole flax seeds because you also get the fibre benefits that way. That's especially important for me, because I'm having problems with gluten intolerance. Flax is one of the grains that is safe for people with gluten issues (including celiac). One note: if you take in the whole seeds, you need to chew them thoroughly. The coating on the seed will protect it from being digested otherwise, which means that you don't get the nutritional benefit from it. In any form, it should be kept in an opaque container in the fridge or freezer to keep the EFAs from breaking down.

Flax seed has a somewhat nutty taste. I personally enjoy the ground flax seed sprinkled on salads along with some balsamic vinegar in place of a dressing--you can also do this with the oil. I also like to mix either form into my yogurt in the mornings.

In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.
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7195



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On flaxseed..just a note. Uncle Sam's cereal contains flaxseed, and I eat that mixed into plain yogurt with some fresh fruit mixed in. YUM!
Add in flaxseed for health, but also because it's pretty good.

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SvelteMe



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flaxseed is the best (only?) way to get omega-3's if you are vegetarian and don't eat fish. I usually add it to my morning oatmeal.

Mindle


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Dilligaf30



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for your input... This is something I PLAN to add to my diet. It is on my grocery list now.

Holli

I'd rather EAT my calories than DRINK them. I'd rather LOSE fat than EAT it.
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Bird77



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omega-3s are also available in many plant sources (and fish actually get it from algae in their diets). They are chia (aka chia sage), perilla (aka shiso), flax (aka linseed), purslane (aka portulaca), lingonberry (aka cowberry), hemp, akai fruit, walnuts, some algae, and canola and soy (but they're high in omega-6 balance-wise).

You can also get omega-3s from eggs from chickens fed things like flax seed (these are readily available at many grocery stores) or milk from grass-fed animals. Many soy milk products are now also omega-3 fortified to bump up the omega-3 ratio.

So even for vegetarians, there are some good choices available.

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fiordiligi



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I LOVE my Dad's Flaxseed Drink!!!

Here's what he does:

Buy whole raw flaxseed (NOT pre-ground flaxseed, as it is overpriced and also goes rancid quickly once opened)

Use a small coffee / spice grinder to grind it to a powder in small batches.

Put a heaping tablespoon of the powder in a cup, and fill with hot water.

This is an unbelieveably hearty and comforting drink, esp. for winter, has a pleasant nutty taste and a slimey but think and rich texture.

My Dad drinks this to calm his stomach, it works wonders to coat and soothe...

Freeze the unused powder so it doesn't go bad.

I think I will go buy some Flaxseed tonight!!!
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Bird77



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find the Bob's Red Mill pre-ground flax seed is not unreasonably priced--not much more than the whole stuff by weight. The way to stop it from going rancid once it's opened is to store it in a sealed opaque container in the freezer. Light and heat break down the oils, so it's important to store it correctly.

I tend to keep both whole and ground flax in the house because I use both. The ground stuff is just more convenient for me to have on hand to add to salads and baking.

In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.
- Elbert Hubbard
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