I’m always looking for easy changes that people can make to their diets that will give big health benefits. One of the foods I encourage people to eat regularly is flaxseed (linseed). I do a lot of fertility work and hormone balancing work with clients and the humble linseed really packs a punch when it comes to balancing oestrogen in the body. Linseed is very high in a substance called lignin which binds to oestrogen receptors and interferes with the cancer -promoting effects of oestrogen on breast tissue. They also help to balance oestrogen levels in oestrogen-dominant conditions like PMS, PCOS and endometrosis.
As well as all of this, linseed is very high in omega 3 so it’s very beneficial for reducing cholesterol and is also fantastic for prostate health.
Linseed has a hard shell and it’s pretty hard to chew because it’s so small, so it’s a good idea to grind it up before adding it to food so that you can easily absorb all of it’s nutrients. I use a small coffee grinder or a mortar & pestle to do this. Ideally, grind it fresh but doing three day’s worth at a time is fine too as long as you store the ground seeds in the fridge in an airtight container.
This superfood is so easy to include in your diet. Have a tablespoon daily. Add it to cereals, soups, salads, smoothies or cooked rice. I particularly like it mixed through yoghurt or sprinkled on top of a fruit salad that is topped with natural yoghurt.
One small change, lots of big benefits. Enjoy!