Flax seed is amazingly nutritious especially for being such a tiny seed. Fiber, Lignans & Omega 3‘s are what make these seeds so special. Flax are filled with vitamins and minerals while also providing antioxidants. Flax seed is very low in carbohydrates, which makes it ideal for people who limit their intake of starches and sugars. Flax has a great balance of healthy fat, and high fiber making it a great food for weight loss and weight maintenance. Many dieters have found flax seed to be a richly dense food keeping them full and satisfied.
Nutritional Profile of Flax Seed: Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, manganese as well as magnesium. The additional nutrients it has including Omega 3 fatty acids, high fiber content, as well as high phytochemicals, sets it apart from the pack.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in fighting against inflammation. Recent research has shown that inflammation plays a large role in many chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and many cancers. Inflammation becomes more prevalent in those diets low in Omega 3‘s, which is mostly found in fish, flax and walnuts.
High in Fiber: Flax seed is one of the highest fiber foods out there, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. This high fiber content is helpful in lowering cholesterol. Fiber in the diet also aids in stabilizing blood sugar, while promoting proper functions of digestion and work of the intestines.
Rich in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is rich in phytochemicals, and antioxidants. It is one of the highest and best sources of lignans available. Lignans work to convert in our intestines balancing hormones. Lignans have been thought to help prevent type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, while also promoting fertility, as well as reducing menopausal symptoms.
If you haven’t been getting this amazing seeds into your diet, be sure to begin incorporating them in. They hold a wealth of nutrition, adding a rich nutty flavor to foods as well as essential fats. I will be posting a great flax cracker and flax bread recipe for both dehydrators and ovens. Flax is great ground up and sprinkled on soups, salads, and main dishes. Once ground it turns into a nice thin powder which makes it easy to top on just about any food to ensure your getting your flax in.
What kind to pick up: Organic Natural Raw and Whole. You can find flax in your bulk section as well as in most healthy food stores. The seeds can be eaten whole, ground into meal, sprouted or soaked. The nutty quality goes great in smoothies, pancakes, waffles, muffins, cold or hot cereals, breads and more. There are two varieties of flax seeds. The most common is the brown flax, and there is also a yellow colored flax referred to as golden flax.