These nutty flavored seeds come from the ancient, blue flowered flax plant and are extremely nutritious. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed can provide a wealth of fiber, phytochemicals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Check out how these particular nutrients can help you treat your body right!
- Fiber – Containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, flaxseed helps to maintain body weight, aids in digestion, and promotes cardiovascular health.
- Phytochemicals – Chock full of phytoestrogen (a type of lignan found in plants), flaxseed can help to prevent estrogen related cancers by interacting with natural estrogen receptors.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of alphalinolenic acid, or ALA. This omega-3 fatty acid provides the body with anti-inflammatory benefits in addition to protecting against heart disease and stroke.
Though whole flaxseed has the highest nutrient content, it cannot be digested whole and so they must be ground before consumption. To ensure maximum freshness and nutrient content, it is best to grind whole seeds immediately before consumption. This is an important factor to consider when buying flaxseed: be sure to buy vacuum sealed, pre-ground flaxseed if you cannot grind whole seeds at home. Once ground, flaxseed can easily be added to smoothies, oatmeal, or a peanut butter sandwich to get an easy nutritional bonus in your meal.