PEPTalks About Super Foods for Superior Health: Flax Seeds

I wouldn’t be any good as a  motivational speaker if I didn’t believe 100% in the importance of my message of food, fitness and fun and the direct effect they have on the quality and vitality of our lives!  Here in my series of posts about Super Foods for Superior Health is one food I had to include because it has had such a powerful effect on my health over several years.  I give you the Flax Seed.

Good things come in small packages has never been truer.  Packed inside every teeny seed is a mountain of nutritional benefit. For instance, flax seeds are excellent sources of calcium and fiber. They also contain lignans, plant compounds scientifically found to stave off cancer. What’s more, they contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  On a side note, Flax can also give us Linseed oil, which reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live skit, “It’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping!” 😀

Whole and/or ground, flax seeds provide us with the following:

  • The richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Reduces inflammation and lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer
  • 2.2 grams of fiber per Tablespoon, helping prevent constipation
  • Soluble fiber also helps maintain blood glucose (sugar) levels and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Loaded with antioxidants that help protect the body from oxidative damage and thus help guard against chronic diseases
  • Excellent source of lignans, a type of fiber found within its cell walls that is acclaimed as a phytoestrogen: these can help either balance hormone levels or possibly help protect against hormone-sensitive cancers, such as some forms of breast cancer.


  • Sprinkle one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed into yogurt, cereals, salads, soups and batters.Whole, they can be used to provide extra crunch, color, a lot of fiber , and a pleasant nutty flavor as a topping before baking or in hot breakfast cereals, breads, muffins or other baked goods.
  • Because their tough, protective seed coat is so hard, it isn’t broken down by either chewing or digestion, so they must be ground if their Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients are to be assimilated.  Simply sprinkle ground flaxseeds over cereals, soups, salads, vegetables, yogurts, or in smoothies.

Most supermarkets carry whole or ground flax seeds nowadays.  Store in the fridge for the longest shelf life.  Although there are other forms of fiber available in drugstores, I believe buying the “whole food” (either whole or ground) is going to offer us all of the benefits listed above, whereas the other brands may not.

Wishing you vibrant health!

Polly Pitchford, your motivational speaker who believes in Mother Earth and all her natural foods wisdom…



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh happiness, Polly.  What you are doing here is helping me create a new shopping list.  I just gave John a bag of quinoa and asked him to please cook the WHOLE bag for tonight!  I’ll use it in a salad tomorrow.   And NOW, I’m heading over to whole foods for the ground flax seeds.  I just don’t buy them because even though I “knew” they were good for me, I didn’t REALLY know HOW good.  So now I know!  And they’ll be so easy to add to stuff!  Yay!  Thank you!

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