Ground Chia Seed and Flax Seed
Ground Chia Seed and Flax Seed
One of my must have kitchen essentials is ground chia seeds and flax seeds. This way, if you’re making a morning smoothie or you want to toss them on top of a salad, it’s already prepared for you and easy to access from the freezer. Many people may not know this, but in order for your body to get the benefits of flax seeds, they must be ground up. The same is not true for chia seeds, but grinding them as well is still extremely beneficial, and easier for your digestive system to handle.
I like to buy about a pound each, grind them in a coffee grinder, mix them together, put them in a freezer bag, and leave them in the freezer. Now you have an easy access to them to throw into smoothies, salads, or use in baking (such as muffins), etc.
One pound of organic flax seeds cost me about $3.50, while a pound of chia seeds might run you $8 or $9. Either way, its a $12 investment that is immensely important for your health! A pound of each mixed together could last you months!
The reason chia and flax seeds are so important is that they are both rich in the omega-3 fatty acid Alpha-Linoleic Acid, which is an essential fatty acid (your body does not make this on it’s own). Both are also rich in fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and selenium.
Studies have shown that chia and flax seeds provide many health benefits including protection against cardiovascular disease and strokes, increasing energy, aiding in digestion, lowering LDL cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing menopausal symptoms and hot flashes. Extensive research has been done on the properties of chia and flax seeds in cancer protection (especially breast, colon, and prostate) through preventing angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation from pre-existing blood vessels) , which is a critical component of tumor progression and metastasis (spreading of cancer throughout body).
Having a bag of ground chia and flax seeds in your freezer is an easy way to have access to great nutrition!
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