The Tiny But Mighty Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are small, brown, or golden-colored seeds that are rich in fiber, protein, and essential fatty acids. Here are some potential health benefits of consuming flaxseeds:
- High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Flaxseeds are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammation and improve heart health.
- Improves Digestion: Flaxseeds are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help promote regular bowel movements and improve overall digestive health.
- Lowers Cholesterol: Flaxseeds are high in soluble fiber, which can help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease.
- May reduce cancer risk: Flaxseeds contain lignans, which are a type of phytoestrogen that may help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
- Helps manage blood sugar: The fiber and healthy fats in flaxseeds may help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, making them a good option for people with diabetes.
- May improve skin health: Flaxseeds contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help improve skin health and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Flaxseeds are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.
NOTE: Try mixing a tablespoon of flaxseeds into my Greek yogurt. It works well for me.