Why And How Should You Eat Flaxseeds?
What is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is the seed from a plant officially known as linum usitatissimum, from which the seed is used to make medicine. Flaxseed has been cultivated for thousands of years, and in the 8th century, King Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire decreed that all his subjects were compelled to eat flaxseed.
Today, researchers have proved the potential health benefits that Charlemagne only suspected. Some nutritionists have actually referred to flaxseed as arguably one of the most powerful plant foods available.
Flaxseed is found in a myriad of foods today from cocktail crackers to oatmeal and waffles – and more. The Flax Council in the US has estimated that about 300 flax-based products are added to the market annually just in America and Canada.
Flaxseed is rich in many healthy components, but the contents of a specific 3 have greatly added to its reputation for supporting health.
- Omega 3 fatty acids. These are good fats which have been proved to be excellent for a healthy heart. Studies have shown that each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of omega 3, which is notably high.
- Flaxseed is often broken down by the body into chemicals called lignans, which have strong plant antioxidant and natural estrogen qualities. Flaxseed has up to 70 times more lignans than other plant foods.
- Flaxseed contains high amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are essential for a healthy digestive system.
Flaxseed also abounds in other vitamins and minerals which all play an important role in in promoting good health and feelings of well-being. These include:
- Minerals calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.
- Vitamins A, C, and D.
- B vitamins such as B6 and B12.
- There are also amounts of natural plant protein, as well as natural plant sugar and carbohydrate.
Many of these compounds like vitamin C for example, possess high levels of antioxidants which help to protect the body from the free radicals which can do serious damage to tissues and organs which can lead to serious illnesses, and potential organ failure.
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