Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA), in the world. Flaxseed is also rich in lignans, fiber, antioxidants and minerals like manganese, thiamine and magnesium.
Flaxseeds can be eaten as whole/unground seeds but are even more beneficial when sprouted and ground into flaxseed meal.
- High content of omega-3 fatty acids
Polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 are the essential fatty acids that are critical for optimal health. Flaxseed is the rich source of Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been found in studies to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve platelet function, reduce inflammation, promote healthy endothelial cell function, protect arterial function and reduce heart arrhythmias.
- High content of fiber
Fiber is thought to help reduce cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. It supports colon detoxification, may help with fat loss and can reduce sugar cravings.
- Can help make skin and hair healthy
Flaxseeds benefits for hair include making it shinier, stronger and more resistant to damage. The ALA fats in flaxseeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fatty acids as well as B vitamins, which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea and eczema.
- High content od antioxidants (lignans)
Thanks to the high content of antioxidants that help reduce free radical damage, flaxseed has anti-aging, hormonal-balancing and cellular-regenerating effects. Lignans are also known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties, therefore flaxseed may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.
- Supports digestive health
Flaxseed may promote digestive health. The ALA in flaxseed can help reduce inflammation and protect the lining of the GI tract. Thanks to the high content of soluble and insoluble fiber, flaxseed is considered one of the best natural remedies for constipation.
- Can help balance hormones
Due to phytonutrients (natural vitamins and minerals), flaxseed helps to maintain the natural hormonal balance in women. It increases fertility and soothes the symptoms of menopause. flaxseed may help reduce the incidence or severity of hot flashes in women who are not using estrogen therapy during menopause. In men, it can stop the development of prostate disorders.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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