Now, when you think of Flaxseed or Linseed do you think furniture polish? Well think again!.
Since being diagnosed with MS I have discovered the benefits of Flaxseed oil. My recovery programme includes taking flaxseed for it’s anti inflammatory properties and also for its ability to make our cells more malleable.
The most frightening symptom of MS that I have experienced is when I lost my vision. This happened because my own body had attacked my optic nerve, my immune system was overactive causing this attack. When I used to eat fats that set solid at room temperature the sheaths around my nerves would have been made up of these inflexible fats. This meant that when they were damaged they weren’t in the best state to withstand the attack, they needed to be more flexible.
The great news is that after 30 years of eating fats that did not give my body the best chance of well being and having allowed these fats to make up the cells of my body, I was able to start replacing them all straight away. Our body is constantly replacing old cells with new ones. The rate is astonishing and is estimated to be millions per second. How exciting to think that by the time you finish reading this sentence, 50 million of your cells will have died and been replaced by others.
So my change onto flaxseed, over a year ago, makes me confident that my body is now more healthy and more able to cope with the challenges that MS throws at it.
For me the rate of change in our bodies is really encouraging and makes me realise that being mindful about every single thing that we eat is worth it. If you are planning to make a dietary change because you believe it is good for your health then what better incentive that knowing the changes will start to take place so quickly. We really are what we eat, and quite soon after we have eaten it!
Funnily enough soon after I had encouraged my family onto Flaxseed Oil my husband went for an appointment with an eye consultant. He has ongoing problems with his eyes including allergies and dryness and he was advised to start taking flaxseed oil to help his eyes. This delighted me because I had been singing the praises of the oil having noticed improvements to my well being since having been on it. The benefits have been great and his skin sensitivities have also really settled down.
Flaxseed is the seed from the plant Linum Usitatissimum or Linseed. Oil from the seed is used in making medicine. It is also commonly available to buy as an oil to add to our food or in capsules.
People use flaxseed oil for many different conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, anxiety, vaginal infections, dry eyes, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some people use flaxseed oil as a laxative for constipation, for weight loss, and to prevent breastcancer and prostate cancer. Flaxseed oil is also applied to the skin to sooth irritations or soften roughness.
Flaxseed oil is a source of alpha-linolenic acid. The alpha-linolenic acid and related chemicals in flaxseed oil seem to decrease inflammation. That is why flaxseed oil is thought to be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, including MS.
So rather than eating what you have always eaten without really thinking about it, why not check out Flaxseed oil. I use it over all my food as a dressing, often mixing it with balsamic vinegar. I use it to mash potato, to dribble over roast veg and potatoes when they come out of the oven. I also buy ground flaxseed and add it to my flat breads. After a few trials you really will find it delicious.
Sometime all we need is a mindful attitude to find healthier alternative foods to add to our diet or to replace old foods that perhaps weren’t serving us so well. We can get blinded by our habits but practising mindfulness and meditation really can remove our blinkers and make us look at everything in a new light. Come on a Revitalise Day to learn about other healthy foods and to get into the frame of mind where changes seem possible and more than that, exciting.