Flaxseed: Tiny Seed, Big Benefits

Flaxseed- Tiny Seed, Big Benefits

You can add this one to your list of superfoods! This tiny seed offers big benefits to your health. Although the benefits of Flaxseed was suspected thousands of years ago, it wasn’t until recently that we collected real data to back it up. You can check out some of the studies here, here, and here

Most of us have seen flaxseed added into many products at the supermarket and heard it promoted for good health. So, what makes this little seed so powerful? Flaxseed contains a variety of nutrients, but it is most famous for three:

OMEGA-3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS AKA “HEALTHY FATS”

Flaxseed is a great source of these beneficial fats, which hold a reputation for their heart-healthy benefits.

LIGNANS

Lignans are compounds found in plants that mimic the effects of estrogen in our bodies and are high in antioxidants. Due to their estrogen-like effects, lignans may help prevent hormone-associated cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis. It is also suggested that lignans can help control blood sugar levels and prevent plauqe build-up in your arteries. And guess what? Flaxseed has the largest amount of lignans than any other dietary plant source! Sesame seeds are another great source of these powerful compounds.

FIBER

Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, about 2g per Tablespoon. The combination of soluble and insoluble fiber will help keep you full longer. Learn more about the benefits of fiber here.

Let’s recap…

Flaxseed has been proven to have great health benefits and suspected to have additional health benefits that haven’t been proven through research just yet. This little seed is easy to add into your daily or weekly routine – add it to cereal, yogurt, smoothies or bake into recipes! Learn more about how to use Flaxseed, where to buy it and how much is recommended daily on our Flaxseed Facts page.

Something to consider – Supplementing with flaxseed is not recommended for pregnant women or breastfeeding moms because research is limited. So as always, talk to your doctor.

 

 

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