Flaxseeds – such an Important Superfood
Flaxseeds are also known as flax and linseed. It is a nutrient-rich seed that has become extremely popular over the last few years, primarily due to the potential health and weight loss benefits that it provides.
However, the use of flaxseeds goes way back in time. In particular, it featured prominently in the early 1900s as an effective treatment for cancers.
Flax seeds can be bought in brown or golden varieties, and it can be eaten whole or ground up. Note: If you grind flaxseeds, you should get all the benefits that it provides.
Ground flax seeds are much easier for your body to absorb. However, since your body cannot break down the outer shell of the flaxseed, we recommend that you grind up the whole flaxseeds in a coffee grinder. Then, sprinkle on your yoghurt, add to smoothies and salads. You can also try them in baked goods.
Flax seeds are an excellent source of:
The amino acids in the flax play an essential role in protein synthesis in your body.
- Dietary Fibre
Flax seeds are an wonderful source of soluble fibre. This slows your digestion, keeping you feeling full for longer and helping you maintain stable blood sugar levels. It can also help to manage your LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels.
They are also a source of insoluble fibre which is not digested by your body. As such, it helps food to pass through your digestive system to prevent constipation.
Flaxseeds are chock full of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, which we need to get the healthy fat from the food we consume. Unfortunately, your body cannot produce omega-3s. Omega-3s acts as an energy source and reduce inflammation.
Flax seeds are also full of antioxidants. These help to break down the free radicals in your body. (free radicals lead to disease). For example, flaxseeds contain something called lignan, an antioxidant associated with a reduced risk of cancer, particularly breast and prostate cancer.
- Vitamins & Minerals
Flax seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals and vitamins, particularly thiamine (B1), manganese, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Incorporating flaxseeds into your diet on a daily basis can help you reap the benefits associated with their key nutrients because of their nutritional profile. Flaxseeds are associated with the following:
Losing weight, maintaining weight
Reduced hunger pangs
An improved digestion
An improvement in blood sugar levels
Lower LDL cholesterol
A reduced heart disease risk
Reduction in inflammation
Various trials and studies have shown that flaxseeds could significantly help with weight loss, BMI, and excess belly fat when compared to a placebo.
These studies have shown mixed outcomes, which means that just eating flaxseeds will not guarantee any loss of weight. However, due to the high protein and high fibre content, it can be a great strategy when incorporated along with healthy eating and proper, regular exercise.
As a guide for assisting with your weight loss, two tablespoons of flaxseed provides you with around 10% of your daily protein requirements. It also provides about 5% of your daily dietary fibre needs whilst having less than 75 calories.
Uses for flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are incredibly versatile. There are numerous ways that you can use them to gain the maximum benefits from their health-giving properties on a daily basis. Here are just some of those ways:
In addition, you can use flaxseeds as an ingredient in bread or other baking recipes.
Try replacing an egg in a baking recipe with one tablespoon of ground flax mixed with three tablespoons of water. Let the water/flax mixture rest for at least 15 minutes first for it to set.
Sprinkle flax onto cereals, yoghurt, smoothies and salads, which gives your food a delicious nutty flavour.
Mix your daily intake of ground flaxseeds into muffins, cookies, bread/loaves, etc., to add a robust and healthy boost of nutrition to your food. In fact, try it on anything and everything to discover what works best for you!
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