Health Benefits Of Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds come from the Flax plant, lesser known as Linum Usitatissimum, which belongs to the Linaceae plant family. Phew. Try and say that 3 times fast. 😊. Flaxseeds have tons of nutiritional value that we should all know about.
1 ounce of these seeds contain over 6,000 mg of Omega 3’s, 6g of protein, 8g of fiber, and healthy amounts of iron, B6, and potassium to name a few. Flaxseeds are also plentiful in healthy fats (as with most nuts/seeds), which means that you can lose weight by eating them. Why? Well, combinging healthy fats and fiber makes you feel full for a longer period of time, therefore leading to a lower calorie consumption.
Another benefit of these seeds is the B vitamins, which for the ladies reading right now, can work wonders on your hair, including the reduction of dryness and flakiness. Another B vitamin that Flaxseeds are rich in are the B-1 vitamins, which have been proven to give your brain quite the boost.
One last thing, Flaxseeds don’t taste as great as other seeds that look similar straight out of the packaging, like Sunflower seeds. So these are best mixed into a recipe and pair well with other foods. My personal favorite is adding it to the dough just before baking a fresh loaf of bread. Below is a link to a great recipe if you’d like to try it for yourself, which you should! Comment below with any thoughts or additional benefits of Flaxseeds! Thanks, and have a great day!
Vogel, L. 2014. Healthful pursuit. Flaxseed Focaccia. Found at: https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2014/08/flaxseed-focaccia-bread/
Kim Shapira MS, RD