One thing my nutritionists recommends and I feel it's easy to do with many benefits is to have a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds every day. Flax seeds contain Omega 3s, lots of fiber, and many minerals and vitamins. They also have something called lignans, which help the body metabolize estrogen, with implications for the prevention of breast cancer in particular. They help lower your inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol and can offer some protection against heart disease and diabetes. In my own life, I find that it helps me be regular, which is much appreciated. I like to mix my 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with a bit of my morning smoothy, which creates a mushy paste that I actually love (but maybe my taste is just becoming as weird as me. Who knows).
Here you have another video from Dr. Greger's (5 minutes), and he explains it much better than I could:
There is some controversy with flax seeds, as with most things,and here's a link about it from the blog Mark's Daily Apple (of the Paleo diet, whom I like in general, although I don't agree with him on some things). But he also mentions, in another post, that he considers flax seeds to be one of the best foods for your brain (because of the Omega 3s).
As with most food controversies, I like to read as many sources as I can, but ultimately I go by what my nutritionist recommends. I feel this is one of the things that anyone can also benefit from and that's why I decided to include it here.
And for more information (and some of my sources):
- The World Healthiest Foods
- Dr. Oz: 3 benefits of flax.
- Dr. Fuhrman: Fighting breast cancer with flaxseeds
- New York Times: Recipes for health: Flaxseeds
- New York Times: Replacing eggs with flax