Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flax seed and black sesame seed

A few years ago, mom told me about the health benefits of flax seed and black sesame seed. She first read about it from a health magazine I gave her, and she followed through for at least a year before sharing with me that these seeds really work wonder! Lol!

flax seed

For online information about the health benefits of flax seed, refer to this link from flaxcouncil.ca. I keep my flax seeds in an airtight container, and will usually grind it (for better absorption) before incorporating it (1 T.) with my morning cereal or yogurt. You can also add 1 T. raisin and/or 1 T. fresh or dried cranberries.

black sesame seed

More about benefits of sesame seed: en.wikipedia.org, a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium. Interestingly, sesame seed is rich in copper, which can help reduce pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis.

Hmmm... no wonder mom's pain and swelling decreased significantly after she diligently took grind black sesame seed for a year (mom's spring allergy symptoms have also reduced). Of course, she followed a healthy diet combined with weight training and exercise. She took calcium pills prescribed by her doctor, but did not take any other medication, as we believe that natural food have specific health benefits, and we prefer them generally over conventional artificial medication.

This is only an observation, so you better read more about it and consult your physician.

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