Posted September 10, 2013on:
Flax seed is a superfood, so packed with nutrients and fiber that it’s worth including in the diet every day. I can’t imagine oatmeal without it and it’s the perfect addition to green and fruit smoothies. It’s delicious sprinkled on rice, potatoes or yogurt, too. A secret ingredient that makes a good thing even better.
Facts on Flax
- Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for overall brain health as well as for preventing memory loss and depression.
- Including flax seeds in your diet can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels as much as 25 to 65 percent, especially in women.
- Eating flax seeds daily stabilizes blood sugar and can reduce the effects of diabetes.
- A 3 tablespoon serving of flax seeds is as rich in omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids as one pound of fish.
- Flax seeds are rich in fiber: 3 tablespoons contains one half the daily requirement.
- Flax seeds are rich in soluble fiber that carries toxins out of the body.
- Flax seeds are rich in lignans—800 times more than any food on earth—which may help fight prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
- Lignans also decrease the severity of hot flashes and decrease inflammation related to diseases like arthritis and lupus.
- Flax seeds are high in protein, containing 10 grams in each 3 tablespoon serving
- Flax seeds are rich and filling, with their high-fiber content and omega-3 fatty acids, and create a full, satisfied feeling.