Flaxseeds are very high in fibre, omega 3, and lingnans (in fact, flaxseeds have the highest source of these unique fiber-related polyphenol antioxidants available in human diets), as well as many other healthful vitamins and minerals:
A 1 ounce (3 tbsp) serving of flaxseeds contains:
• Omega-3 (ALA) 6,338mg
• Fiber 8g
• Protein 6g
• Vitamin B1 31% RDA
• Manganese 35% RDA
• Magnesium 30% RDA
• Phosphorus 19% RDA
• Selenium 10% RDA
• Also, flaxseeds contain vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper and zinc.
The lingnans in flax seeds have been found help to clear toxins from the body, are anti-aging and improve cellular health. They also support probiotics in the body – reducing candida and yeast growth, and have been found to be anti-cancer. Additionally, lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, helping to stave off colds and flu. They also help to balance hormones, and may help to prevent and decrease certain types of hormone related cancer.
Evidence shows they may help reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Flax seeds also give you clear skin and healthy hair, because of the ALA fats, which also help to fight acne, eczema and rosacea, and may help to reduce inflammation. Additionally, they help to lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, improve digestion, and promote weight loss, especially as part of a well balanced diet.
Because of their hard outer shell, flax seeds need to be either ground or soaked in order for the body to be able to absorb them properly. Luckily, they taste great added ground to a whole range of foods!