How Much Flaxseed is Recommended to Eat Per Day?
Flaxseed is one of the most beneficial super-food for health.
I make sure I include flaxseed in my diet regularly. This has come to me as a boon because it can cure so many day to day health problems.
I will discuss that later but first, let me tell you how much flaxseed per day, is recommended.
Experts and scientists say that the daily recommended dose of these seeds is two tablespoon.
Mind you, two tablespoons of ground flax seed. If you eat the whole, there are chances it will pass your gut without getting digested.
It is advisable to start with 1/2 tablespoon and then increase the dose slowly.
Now, the treatment also depends on upon your health conditions.
If you are in a perfect shape of health, 2 tablespoons to maintain good health is enough.
But if you are suffering from any problems like constipation or you want to consume this for weight loss, then the doses differ.
Bellow is a quick snapshot for flaxseed daily dosage instructions:
How much flaxseed for weight loss?
Talking about weight loss, I will first tell you how flaxseed facilitates weight loss.
So the most important thing is, flax seed has a huge amount of fiber in it.
The fiber content reduces the appetite and thus, you will feel less hungry. Secondly, the Omega – 3 fatty acids also improve metabolism.
Increased metabolism results in increased digestion and less deposition of fat.
Daily recommended dose of flaxseed for weight loss is 2 tablespoon per 100 pounds of body weight.
Still, it is better if you slowly increase the dose starting with 1/2 tablespoon just to avoid any complications or reactions.
How much flax seed get rid of constipation?
Flax seed is a savior in constipation for me. You can get rid of constipation without actually having to gulp laxatives.
These seeds have mucilage in them. Mucilage is essentially that slimy compound which can temporarily cover the inner lining of digestive tract and protect it.
Make sure you do not consume these seeds whole. For the maximum benefit, grind them to powder and then consume.
You can grind flaxseed in various ways, by using a flax mill, coffee bean grinder, food processor or even with a mortar and pestle.
Dosage to get rid of constipation is 2 to 3 tablespoons. Take a note here; it is very necessary to drink adequate water while having flaxseed for constipation.
Else, it will show a reverse effect by further increasing your constipation. The fibers in this seed soak water like a sponge.
So make sure you drink 10 times as much water as you are consuming flax seed.
How much flaxseed during pregnancy?
Flax seed is very beneficial during pregnancy because it contains some of the most vital nutrients.
Your body needs Omega – 3 fatty acids and also fibers at the time of pregnancy.
These seeds are super rich in omega – 3 fatty acids and also help lower the cholesterol and high blood pressure.
One more benefit is it acts as a laxative. During pregnancy, it prevents from irritable bowel and also constipation.
This can get on the nerves when you are pregnant, so flax seed is pretty much useful.
Moreover, hot flashes are very common during pregnancy. Flax seed helps in reducing these hot flashes significantly.
Approximately one tablespoon of ground flaxseed is recommended to eat during the pregnancy.
In addition to this, you can also keep your blood sugar in control which when gets high, can create uncalled for problems.
Having said that, I would like you to know; flaxseed can show some side effects as well during pregnancy.
If it does not suit you, it can cause nausea or any allergic reaction. It is always advisable to check with your physician or relatives before consuming it.
How to eat flax seed?
As I have already mentioned before, if you consume flax seed whole, without grinding, you might not be able to get the 100% benefit.
So better is to grind it and then have. You can have it mixed with your snacks or just the powder of it with water.
Include the whole seed or its powder into the batter of your bread or muffin. Bake that and consume.
It will be much healthy and also add an excellent taste to your preparation.
You can include these seeds into things like smoothies as well. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of flax seed powder to it and have it regularly.
It will add all the necessary fibers your body needs additional nutrients as well.
If you want to make sure you start your mornings healthy, include flax seed into your cereal meals. You can mix the powder into your oatmeal and consume daily.
I have made it a habit so that I don’t miss out on it even one day. These seeds can also be used to garnish and add a mild nutty flavor to anything you want.
Garnish and flavor your yogurt or salads with flax seeds and avail of its health benefits.
Benefits of eating flax seed daily
After telling you how to eat flax seeds, I will also let you know the unbeatable health benefits that you can avail from flax seed.
- These little flax seeds prevent your body from high blood pressure, cancer and raised levels of cholesterol and sugar. There is a reason that they are so popular in the market.
- You can get rid of constipation by consuming flax seed powder with adequate water.
- It helps a pregnant woman to decrease the occurrence of hot flashes.
- The omega – 3 fatty acids are essential for improving metabolism, facilitating digestion and also, for a child or infant, they help in brain development.
- Flax seeds rich with manganese, thiamine, omega – 3 fatty acids and also copper along with necessary dietary fiber.
These are known as a superfood because of their so many health benefits. Take a step towards a healthy lifestyle by incorporating flax seeds into your diet. You will feel the difference.
Do not forget to ask any questions or put forward your queries in the comments below. I am always happy to receive them and address it for you!