Flaxseed meal is an excellent source of vegetable protein and is rich in soluble fiber. Flaxseed meal is also contains significant amounts of vitamins B1, B2, C and E. It is also full of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant. Flaxseed meal also provides essential minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium. It also offers significantly more amounts of the phytonutrient lignin than other grains, such as wheat bran, millet, oats or soybean. Finally, flaxseed meal is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed meal help promote cardiovascular health by reducing the LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream. The soluble fiber and anticancer properties can help maintain and improve colon health. Lignins in flaxseed meal may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers, and also possess antimicrobial properties.
10 Reasons to Eat Flax Seeds
- The Omega 3 fats in flax seed offer a wide ranging health benefits to pets, including cardiovascular, endocrine and immune system support, as well as improving coat shine and assisting the movement of food through the digestive system.
- Research shows that flaxseed may have the ability to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and asthma.
- If you add just one quarter cup of ground flaxseed to your diet per day, it will provide approximately 11-12 grams of fiber.
- Taking flax with antioxidants and other nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin B-6, magnesium and carotene can increase flax’s benefits. Vitamin E and flax both fight free radicals, unstable molecules that cause chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
- Soaking flax seeds activates enzymes in the seeds, which can help increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
- Adding ground flax seed to a smoothie can give the smoothie a slight nutty flavor as well as thicken it up a bit. The fatty acids and the fiber in the ground flax seed make the smoothie more filling and more nutritionally beneficial.
- Healthy fats in flax may actually help reduce your weight. Although it does not necessarily attack certain areas, like your belly, flax oil may increase your basal metabolic rate — the rate at which your body burns calories. The essential fatty acids in the flax oil help your body burn fat, according to Dr. Sears. This process, which is called thermogenesis, can lead to weight loss.
- Flax seed oil helps accelerate the healing for sprains and bruises.
- You can lower your cholesterol with flaxseed because it binds with the cholesterol and removes it from your system through the digestive process.
- Most whole flax seeds will pass through your digestive system intact. The stomach generally can’t break down whole flax seeds if they haven’t been somehow crushed or ground up beforehand. To reap all the healthy benefits buy ground seeds or grind your flax seeds.
Ingredients: Organic Flax Seeds