Flaxseeds are most commonly known for their high Omega-3 content. The many ways of consuming flaxseeds provide our bodies with different sources of nutrients. In addition to Omega-3s, ground flaxseeds are considered a great source of protein, fibres and a phytochemical known as lignans.
Flaxseeds contain generous quantities of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Studies have shown that both types of fibres play an important role in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Soluble fibres, found in flaxseeds as mucilage aids with the lowering of blood cholesterol levels while insoluble fibres are helpful for regulating bowel movement and preventing constipation.
On top of the generous quantities of fibre as mentioned, flaxseeds contains the phytochemical known as lignans. Lignan precursors are converted into hormone-like substances when encountered with bacteria in the digestive tract. According to research, this newly formed compound has the capability of blocking certain cancer-causing substances that contribute to the formation of tumours. Phytoestrogens are not generated by our bodies and must be consumed through a diet of phytoestrogenic plants, for example flaxseeds. As an antioxidant, lignans play an important role in the absorption of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are ingested as triglycerides, and cannot be absorbed by our cell membranes. Therefore, they require the assistance from antioxidants to act as transporters to not only transport them throughout the body for further absorption but to also prevent them from oxidizing. Among all the most commonly consumed foods, flaxseeds are ranked the number one source of lignans by researchers.
Alligga ground flaxseeds can be sprinkled on cereals, mixed in with smoothies, and used as an egg or fat substitution for special diets. Consuming 8g of ground flaxseeds daily provides us with enough ALA, an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, to meet our dietary needs. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which include the Omega-3s, and 2 grams of dietary fibre.
Many people incorporate ground flaxseeds into their everyday food consumption to improve digestive health or relieve constipation. In addition, the nutrients of flaxseeds also have the ability to provide our bodies with many health benefits. These health benefits include lowering the risk of heart disease, prevention of some forms of cancer, treatment of immune disorders, and the lowering of blood glucose levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol.