Flex For Flax
Flax Seeds, what an under appreciated food for muscle growth. Could these tiny seeds hold they keys to big muscle gains?
have to remember the best way to build and maintain massive lean muscle
mass is to have a clean running machine, aka, your body needs to be
If you want that bodybuilder physique, don't be fooled by all the junk they try to sell you. The real, and truly amazing "products" are always the plain unsuspecting ones that nature herself came up with. Flax is a super nutrient dense food that is unlike anything else.
Flax and alpha-linolenic acid
Flax is most widely known for its power punch of alpha-linolenic acid, ALA for short. ALA is the plant version of omega-3, which we all know is definitely good for you, but we may not all know that this plant source omega 3 is really good for your muscles too.
Omega 3 and the heart
Plant source omega 3 keeps the most important muscle of them all, your heart, flexible and ready to pump out what you need. You have to remember that your master muscle, the heart, feeds all of your other muscles by pumping life sustaining nourishment through your veins, via blood.
If your heart can't do its job at peak performance levels, it won't let your other muscles function at peak performance. Sounds pretty important, right? Well it is, and it's not to be taken lightly.
There's more! Flax seeds are the superstars of the fiber world.
Fiber? that sounds boring and very unimportant to muscle growth, but nothing could be further from reality.
The fiber found in flax has LIGNANS! Estrogen binding, cancer fighting, liver loving lignans are really something to be excited about. Let's take a closer look to see what all the excitement is about.
It starts with fiber; this helps the body (the one you're trying to pack muscle onto) digest and utilize nutrition better. With out proper fiber you turn your muscle building body into a muscle draining wasteland, literally!
So flax fibers can help you build and maintain your muscles by allowing for proper nutrient uptake, as well as timely elimination of muscle depleting waste.
Unchecked Estrogen Levels
Now for the flax lignans; these guys bind to toxic waste and hazardous materials like unchecked estrogen. For men, unchecked estrogen levels are quite problematic, for muscle building and for overall health.
Man-boobs, testicular cancer and flabby muscles are all unfortunate possible side effects of unchecked estrogen's floating around in your body. Lignan's can bind to unchecked estrogen and help safely remove them from the body. That's great news for you and your muscles.
So, Flax seeds are definitely muscle building necessities, but how do you include them in your diet?
Well you'll want to consume the flax oil, AND the flax meal daily to reap all of the benefits mentioned above. Flax oil should be purchased in its liquid state and should be cold pressed and stored cold; it's a very fragile oil and even small amounts of heat can compromise its amazing benefits.
So buy it cold, keep it cold, and use it cold. Flax oil can be added to a smoothie or protein shake by pouring a tablespoon or two into the smoothie or shake. AFTER it's already mixed, stir it in gently.
It's also great on top of salads or already cooked foods like rice or potatoes.
Don't forget the flax meal, or ground flax. If you have a grinder, you can purchase whole flax seeds and grind them fresh before consumption, and if you don't have a grinder, that's fine too.
Purchase flax meal in an opaque container so the light can't get in and damage your muscle building buddies.
Add your ground flax to cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or anything else that you don't have to cook. It can even be a stand alone snack, simply add enough warm water to make it soupy, then add some cinnamon and stevia and enjoy a totally guilt free, muscle friendly treat!