I’ve been reading a lot on supplements recently. It is one part of my diet that I don’t pay very much attention to – not because I don’t think it is important, but because there are just so many different supplements. All of them are supposed to have huge benefits but I just don’t fancy popping about fifty supplements every morning – and more to the point I can’t afford to do that!
I thought it’d be quite good if on some of my fitness posts I explained the benefits of different supplements. A supplement run down if you like. Let me know if you like these kinds of posts and I’ll do more of them.
Anyway, on to the first supplement… flax seed.
(sounds like a funky instrument to me)
What is it?
Considered a wholegrain, flax seed is a seed which many people claim has powerhouse benefits for your health.
It contains Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin b, potassium, fibre, magnesium and zinc.
You can have flax seed oil capsules or have ground flax seed (yummy added into smoothies, yoghurts etc). You can also eat the seeds but they are very hard and chewy.
General: Known to increase energy, vitality and stamina.
Skin: If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne. Anti-inflamatory and soothing properties which help prevent flare up. the fatty acids also help reduce the amount of sebum which blogs pore.
Nails: the anti-inflamatory properties in flax seed oil can help nourish dry and brittle nails, as well as preventing splitting or cracking.
Inner body: using flax seed can help reduce blood pressure, water retention and cholesterol. Regulates blood sugar levels. Enhanced immune system. Suggested to help protect against hormone sensitive cancers such as prostate and breast.
Will it aid weight loss?
So it has multiple health benefits… but will it actually aid weight loss?
Every person is different, and I’m no nutritionist. However, it is suggested that flax seed increases metabolic rate, which obviously has a positive impact upon weight loss. (It is also a natural laxative)
As it contains polyunsaturated fats (good for you) it makes you feel fuller for longer. This combined with the regulated blood sugar levels means that you are likely to experience less cravings which we all know is one of the hardest things when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Also – because of the potassium, magnesium and zinc levels, you’ll be craving salty, greasy and sweet food less, as most of these cravings derive from a lack of those three.
I like to think of flax seed as a booster. Its calorie content is quite high, but it keeps you full for ages and has lots of positive benefits. Whilst it might not directly make you lose weight, the benefits could work together to make weight loss easier, as well as improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Have you ever tried flax seed?