Fresh flaxseed oil clear, golden-yellow color free of cloudiness. Flaxseed oil might contain particulates of ground flaxseed. These particulates contain lignans, a beneficial class of phytoestrogen, and the label is marked “high-lignan.” To check for rancidity, pour a tablespoon or two of flaxseed oil in a wine glass and hold it up to the light while tilting it slightly. If you notice haziness or a dark-brown or dark yellow color, you have rancid flaxseed oil. Rancid flaxseeds have a discolored, cracked, soft or otherwise damaged seed coats.
How to Know Whether Flaxseed Oil is Fresh or Rancid
Flax oil has a mild nuttiness like raw sunflower seeds or sesame seeds. Fresh flaxseed oil gives a ligtness when inhaled. To check the aroma of flaxseed oil, pour a few tablespoons in a wine glass, the shape makes a the aroma more perceivable. Put your nose in the wineglass and inhale deeply. Rancid flaxseed oil has a burnt and bitter odor. A smell similar to used frying oil. Any smell that deviates from nutty and leans toward bitter or burned indicates rancidity.
Fresh flaxseed tastes like it smells—clean, crisp and mildly nutty. To taste flaxseed oil to check for rancidity, coat the back of a spoon with the oil and let the excess drip off. Rub the back of the spoon over your tongue, making sure it touches the entire surface, and rub your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Or, if testing flaxseeds, chew a few and check for a burnt or bitter flavor.
Stores flaxseed oil and capsules in dark containers to minimize contact with light. Store the containers in the refrigerator or a dark cupboard. Grind flaxseeds as needed; ground flaxseeds start to oxidize as soon as you grind them. Flaxseed has a shelf life of one year when stored in a dark container. Never cook flax or store it above room temperature.
Benefits of Fiber and Omega-3″s in Flaxseed
Flax seeds contain 42 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates and 18 grams of protein for every 100 grams in weight. Today flaxseeds are considered a superfood, primarily due to three key elements.
Flaxseeds can be brown or golden. You can grind them in a coffee bean grinder. They can be used in soups, or steamed veggies and smoothies. You can find them in the bulk bins or refrigerated packages. Once brought home they should be refrigerated.
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Ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which make a potent home remedy. You can use it for pain relief or motion sickness also.
Benefits of Ginger Oil
Ginger oil has many benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antiseptic and stimulating properties.
Pain-Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce day-to-day progression muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
Nausea, especially morning sickness-Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasm, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence. It can also increase your appetite, which is good for people who are trying to gain weight.
Food poisoning-Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery(chronic indigestion).
Respiratory issues-Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis. Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from the throat and lungs, and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
Heart ailments-Using ginger oil regularly can reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
Chronic disease-Research in the journal of Nutrition suggests that a daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger may help prevent chronic diseases.
What Is Ginger Oil?
Ginger oil comes from ginger root (Zingiber officinale), a pungent, gnarled ground rhizome. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family. It is a perennial herb that grows three to four foot high with narrow spear-shaped leaves, white or yellow flowers and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin.
Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek cultures.
Uses of Ginger Oil
When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain as well as promote blood circulation.
Aromatherapists also use ginger for it’s soothing and warming properties to help alleviate digestive problems.
Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or on a cotton ball and inhale. This will help revitalize your body, mind and soul.
Mix tow to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil. This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain and stimulate our circulatory system.
Inhale by diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose. It can also work as a decongestant.
How to Make Ginger Oil
You can make you own ginger oil diffusion at home.
Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, and let dry for a few hours. Pour the olive oil in an oven-safe bowl. Chop the ginger and the shred with cheese grater. Add to the olive oil and mix well. Put the mixture in the oven on low heat (150 degrees) for at least 2 hours. Pour the mixture through unbleached cheese cloth and filter the ginger bits out. Transfer the ginger oil into clean bottles and store in a cool dry place. The infusion will last up to six months.
Ginger is one of the very few “superfoods” that is actually worthy of the term.
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“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Even People who are healthy can make a few tweaks and impact their life. Imagine a superfood-not a drug-powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a better mood? Also, did I mention no side effects?
You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments. Incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, live a better quality of life for a longer period of time.
20 TOP SUPERFOODS THAT OFFER SUPER HEALTH PROTECTION
Avocado-In addition to excellent fat, they enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients and inhibit inflammatory conditions. They are high in potassium.
Beans-Loaded with nutrition and taste beans provide B vitamins, Calcium potassium, folate, fiber and protein.
Blueberries-Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Their antioxidant power helps free radicals in check and fight inflammation.
Broccoli-A cruciferous veggie that may reduce risk for diseases such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
Coconut Oil-Provides a mix of medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12 fats. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral.
Dark Chocolate-70-85% dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. It also has potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Consumed in moderation it a great superfood AND it tastes good.
Fermented Cabbage-Fermenting adds beneficial microbes and help balance intestinal flora and boost your immunity.
Garlic-Contains the compound allicin which has potent medicinal properties, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories.
Kale-High nutritional density of all green leafy vegetables, with essential and non-essential amino acids. Vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Lutein and zezxanthin for eyesight.
Kiwi-More vitamin C than oranges, loads of fiber to promote cardiovascular and blood sugar support. Reduces cancer risk, provides bone and connective tissue support and lung health.
Oats-Oats provide fiber, good carbohydrate that helps to stabilize blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, protects against heart disease and boosts the immune system.
Onions-Another anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer food. They have compounds that protect against cardiovascular disease and neurological dysfunction or decline. They also help prevent obesity and diabetes by inhibiting enzymes in digestive tract.
Oranges-Reduced risk of cancer, lung an respiratory health. Oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, provide an immunity boost, fiber, potassium and anti- inflammatory benefits.
Pumpkin-It is a very low calorie vegetable. It is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Wild Caught Salmon-Clean fish like salmon, sardines or anchovies once or twice a week may increase your life span by reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
Spinach-Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, Vitamin K1(good for veins and arteries), magnesium and folate (good for short term memory)
Sprouts-Concentrated nutrients, essential fatty acids and enzymes. They also protect against chemical carcinogens.
Tea (green)– A powerful anti-oxidant. Also helps lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer cell growth.
Yogurt-Organic grass fed milk yogurt provide beneficial bacteria along with protein, calcium, B vitamins and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Walnuts-One quarter cup of walnuts proved 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, manganese, molybdenum and biotin.
Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is a potent preventive strategy and eating more organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations.
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