Do you have dry, itchy, red skin? Acne? Rosacea? Eczema? You may be deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids, and there's a simple and delicious way to get it into your diet.
Flaxseed contains the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids for a plant-based food, which is good news for those who don't like or can't take fish oil supplements.
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, flaxseed keeps skin better hydrated, promotes quicker wound healing and diminishes skin redness.
Flaxseed also contains;
- alpha-linoleic acid, which cannot be manufactured in the body so must be supplemented
- lignans, strong anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, which bind to estrogen in the body and flush excess estrogen out. This is helpful to curb night sweats and hot flashes in menopausal women.
Flaxseed can be added to your diet easily. Ground, it can be used as a flour for baking. You can also grind it and add it to salads, rice, steamed vegetables or smoothies. Start the day with 2 tablespoons, then 1 tablespoon for lunch or dinner. It has 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, plus it has a delicate, nutty flavor that is yummy.
Note - Do not cook with flaxseed oil, as heat damages it.
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