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Health Benefits of Flaxseed

From Weight Loss to Digestion, All the Reasons You Should Be Eating Flaxseeds

Are you noticing flaxseeds added to just about everything these days? It's for good reason — they're insanely healthy — but do you know why? Check out the reasons you should be eating flaxseeds (if you're not already).

  1. Walnuts and fish are excellent sources of omega-3s, but so are flaxseeds. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of omega-3s is around one gram a day, and one tablespoon of flaxseed offers 2.3 grams (one tablespoon of flaxmeal offers 1.6 grams).
  2. The omega-3s in flaxseed can help reduce inflammation that leads to conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis.
  3. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is one kind of omega-3 fatty acid that is found in flaxseeds, and this fat helps promote bone health.
    • Flaxseed is known to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, and it may lower blood pressure — all essential elements to having a healthy heart.
    • Whole flaxseed is a great source of fiber. One tablespoon contains three grams of fiber, which can aid in digestion, help prevent constipation, and aid in weight loss.
    • Lignans, the fiber found in flaxseed, promotes regular digestion and are thought to have a role in breast cancer prevention.

Here are some creative tips on how you can get more flax into your diet.

  • Sprinkle seeds or ground flaxseed on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salad, or sandwiches.
  • Add flaxseed to your recipes. They make the perfect high-fiber egg replacer — one tablespoon flaxmeal mixed with three tablespoons water equals one egg. Try it in these gingerbread "buttermilk" pancakes or this protein-packed banana bread.
  • Add flaxmeal or flaxseeds to your blender when making your breakfast smoothie — the healthy fats and fiber will keep you feeling full longer.
  • Look for products that have added flax such as cereal, bread, and crackers.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
*smoothies :)
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Agree with the milled flaxseed with blueberries from Trader Joes....great stuff, put it on salads, smooties and over berries with fresh cream. Be careful how much you use, though, because they do contain significant calories, like nuts, so moderation as everyone has said.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I use flax meal in place of flour in some recipes, like meatballs.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I haven't tried them, but I should probably add them to my diet because they are so nutritious. I think I'd probably like them sprinkled on my fruit and yogurt.
nancita nancita 7 years
I have been obsessed with ground flaxseeds lately. I buy them with blueberries at Trader Joe's. I didn't know about the potential migraine prevention. Another reason to eat them! I was talking them up to my boyfriend and he tried them and found them disgusting, which is baffling to me. To me, they taste like graham crackers.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Chia seeds are even better!
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 7 years
I agree with michlny. Ground flaxseeds are digested more thoroughly. They are great additions to a healthy diet!
michlny michlny 7 years
You need to eat ground flaxseeds. The whole seeds passes through the body undigested....
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