Flaxseeds – Let its powers WOW you
Flaxseeds are a plant-based food which have grown in popularity over the years. These tiny seeds are smaller than peppercorns but are nutritionally potent. They are well-known for its rich alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content, a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial for protecting the heart. The health attributes of flaxseeds, however, are beyond omega-3’s.
Flaxseed is a functional food, which provides positive effects on health beyond basic nutrition. It has cholesterol reduction abilities due to the presence of soluble dietary fibre, a type of fibre that attracts water and cholesterol, and takes cholesterol out of the body. Eating 2 to 5 tablespoons (16 to 40 grams) of ground whole flaxseeds every day has shown to help reduce cholesterol levels, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
In addition to fibre, flaxseeds have protein. Both nutrients promote satiety, the feeling of fullness. Flaxseed is a food that you do not want to miss if you are trying to maintain and promote regularity and a healthy body weight.
The list of health benefits of flaxseeds goes on. Flaxseeds are a natural antioxidant due to the presence of lignan, a plant-derived substance that may decrease the risk of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. More research is needed to confirm its cancer fighting properties and its role in women’s health.
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