Two weeks ago we highlighted chia seeds and gave you reasons to add them to your regular diet. This week it’s time to focus on another nutritious seed: flaxseeds! At TFE, we are huge fans of this superfood because we can use it in many different ways, one of them being in our smoothies (remember Summer Bliss?).
Flaxseed has its fair share of healthy benefits and these days, it’s easy to buy it at your local supermarket. But what makes flaxseed such a SUPERfood? Well, below you can read some interesting facts that will give you an answer to that question.
- The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops known as Linum usitatissimum, which is Latin for “the most useful”.
- It’s one of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 can only be obtained by eating the right food since our bodies can’t produce these good fats themselves. They are beneficial to the heart and blood pressure level.
- It’s the number one source of “lignan”, which is high in dietary fiber, antioxidants and anti-Inflammatory activity. Lignan also regulates hormone levels and can help lower the stress hormone knowns as Cortisol.
- Another unique benefit of consuming flaxseeds is the “mucilage” content that extracts when the seeds break. Mucilage forms a semi-soluble fiber in water and helps our body to properly absorb nutrients and our intestines to function correctly.
- Flaxseed is low in cholesterol and sodium. Studies have also shown that it helps lower the risk of diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and heart disease.
- There are two types of flaxseeds: golden flaxseeds and brown flaxseeds. However, it doesn’t really matter which one you buy since they have many similar health benefits.
There are many ways to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet. First of all, you can either buy the seeds or flaxseed oil (or both!). It is possible to take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil everyday if you don’t mind the aftertaste, which is not very nice. Or you could add it to your smoothies and homemade salads (dressing). In addition, you can use flaxseeds when you make your own cookies, crackers, bread and granola.