The 5 TRUE Flax Seed Benefits
Well, flaxseeds have been known for their health benefits for CENTURIES, believe it or not. Media has started talking about them as a "superfood" for their superior powers.
Let me tell you about some of flax seeds benefits that are backed by science!
1. Small, yet mighty, nutrient providers
Flax seeds are actually one of the oldest crops. Having two types, golden and brown, both are equal in their nutritional offerings.
In just one tablespoon of flaxseeds, you can find protein, fiber, omega-3's, vitamins B1 and B6, iron, calcium and folate.
However, they are mostly known for their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and high fiber content!
2. Powerhouse for omega-3 fats
Flaxseeds can be really beneficial if you follow a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based diet when it comes to getting your daily intake of omega-3 fats.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is what flaxseeds are rich in, a plant-based source of omega-3's. ALA is one of the 2 fatty acids that your body doesn't produce enough of it on its own, so it is important to get it from an outside source, such as flax seeds.
Studies show that plant-based ALA's benefit heart health and are linked to a lower risk of stroke.
3. High lignans = reduced cancer risk
Lignans are plant-based sources of antioxidants which can lower cancer risk and improve health.
Flaxseeds contain 800x more lignans than other foods. This is one of the many reasons why we call them a "superfood".
4. Super Fibrous Flaxseed
In just one tablespoon of flaxseeds, you can find 8-12% of your recommended daily intake of fiber making them a high fiber food. In one serving of Flourish protein pancakes, you can find 7 grams of fiber alone, due to including ground flaxseed in all of our protein pancake mixes.
Flax seeds contain two types of fiber - soluble and insoluble. By having both types, the fiber gets fermented in the gut and improves digestion.
With its high fiber content, consuming flaxseeds regularly can promote regular bowel movements and improve your digestive health. You can do this easily by having Flourish protein pancakes for your high fiber and high protein breakfast.
5. Add them to make a high fiber recipe!
Flax seeds or flaxseed oil can be added to many foods you eat already. Examples of ways you can integrate them into your diet is by the following:
- Dressing your salads with flaxseed oil
- Baking with flaxseed
- Blending smoothies with flax seed
- Adding flax seeds to water as an egg substitute
- Mixing flax seed into patties for a plant-based meat alternative with high fiber
- Topping your yogurt parfait with ground flax
- Finding products that already have flaxseeds, like Flourish
There are so many benefits flax seeds can provide you by adding them to your diet and consuming them on a regular basis. In order to get the most benefit from your flax seeds, it's recommended to have them either in the form of milled flax seed or as flaxseed oil for the best absorbability.
The average person does not get anywhere near enough fiber per day
so making this small adjustment can make a big difference! By incorporating Flourish into your diet, you will not only be getting your protein in but also your fibre as all our mixes are made with ground flax seed. Experience flax seeds benefits by consuming Flourish's protein pancakes regularly as a part of your diet.