Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Some of the main health benefits of flaxseed comes from it being an excellent source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. The flaxseed (also called linseed) comes from the flax plant. With the flax plant being 2-3 times stronger than cotton, it was initially grown in the United States to produce linen. However, this nutty-tasting seeds can also be eaten!

How to Eat Them

You can eat whole flaxseed, crushed flaxseed, or flaxseed oil. While there are many health benefits of flaxseed, they are best captured in crushed flaxseed. Whole flaxseeds are small. Therefore, many seeds can pass through the digestive system without being chewed. In order to capture the full range of the health benefits of flaxseed, it is best to grind them just before adding them to your food. Many people add flaxseed to low carb crackers and low carb breads.

low carb flax crackers

Nutrition:

1 Tbsp Linseed Oil = 120 Calories, 14 g Fat with 0 g Carbs, Proteins, Cholesterol, Sodium, and Fiber

1 Tbsp. Flaxseed = 40 Calories, 3 g Fat,  2 g Carbs, 1.5 g Protein, 2 g Fiber, 30 mg Magnesium, 60 mg Potassium

So, lets get to some more specific health benefits of flaxseed.

1.Weight Management

As with other high dietary fiber foods, flaxseed can help you feel full. In this way, you can stop eating sooner and stay fuller longer when compare with eating low fiber foods. Therefore, you can eat fewer calories and lose more weight.

2. Improves Insulin Sensitivity

According to one diabetes source, having ground flax in your stomach can prevent a blood sugar spike from occurring after eating a meal. Please watch the 2-minute video to learn more about the flaxseed/diabetes test and results.

3. Lowers Cholesterol

Another one of the health benefits of flaxseed is that it lowers LDL. Therefore, flaxseed can help decrease your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

4. Enhances Digestion

Flaxseeds contain soluble and insoluble fiber. Therefore, another one of the health benefits of flaxseed is that it can help ease and prevent constipation due to its high-fiber content. Again, the best way to benefit from the high fiber content is by grinding the seeds before eating.

5. Reduce Risk of Cancer

Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans (antioxidant) than many other plant foods. Therefore, they are excellent free radical scavengers that can help reduce inflammation and disease. In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risks of getting certain cancers.

Conclusion

Clearly there are some excellent health benefits of flaxseed! These are just some of the highlights. You can subscribe below to get more of our blog posts. You can also find us on FacebookInstagramand Twitter. Thanks for reading, liking, and sharing. This concludes the health benefits of flaxseed.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Flax seeds have a lot of benefits. Also, vegans use them as egg substitute. I put ground flax seeds over the salad sometimes, very good for digestion…My grandkids love the crunchy flax crackers.
    Thanks for writing about the benefits
    Erika

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    1. Lyn says:

      Hi Erika! It sounds like you know how to use flax seeds! They are most beneficial when ground and they do serve as a really good egg substitute. Many of the raw keto breakfast bar recipes use flax seeds. And I agree with your grand kids…they make excellent crackers! https://lowcarbdietlife.com/2019/07/27/keto-breakfast-bars-recipe-book/

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