3 Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

This little seed is a nutritional powerhouse! Discover tasty ways to add this superfood to your meal plan with some of our best flax seed recipes, and learn more about the health benefits of this healthful seed below.

You’ll love these FLAX SEED RECIPES:
Flax and Apple Raisin Oatmeal
Gingerbread Pancakes
Cleanse and Detox Smoothie
Pumpkin Spice Bread
Broccoli Tarts

 

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3 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLAX:

1. Flax is an Excellent Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Most people know that walnuts and fish are excellent sources of omega-3’s, but so are flaxseeds. The recommended daily intake of omega 3s is 1.1 grams a day, and one tablespoon of flaxseed offers 1.8 grams.

The omega 3s in flaxseed may help reduce the inflammation that leads to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches and osteoporosis. Flax seeds also fight heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes and may lower cholesterol levels, as well as blood pressure. How’s that for a super food?!

2. Flax Helps with Digestion

One tablespoon of flaxseeds contains three grams of fiber, too, so daily consumption of flaxseed can help prevent constipation.

3. Flax Seeds are Easy to Add to Your Diet

It is obvious that these smooth little seeds are very beneficial for improving health and most people would benefit from adding more of this nutritional powerhouse to their daily diet. It’s simple to incorporate these seeds into your eating plan. Simply sprinkle them over your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salad, or sandwiches, and you’ll be able to benefit from all that flax seeds have to offer.

NOTE: Flax seed can go rancid quickly. Only buy as much as you can consume in one week to keep your supplies fresh. Also be sure to grind the seeds to get the benefits. Whole seeds are not digested by the body. It is best if you buy the seeds whole and grind them just prior to eating.

 

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6 Comments on "3 Health Benefits of Flax Seeds"

  1. Mr. Constipation  March 2, 2014

    Thanks, do you think they might be good for canine constipation too?

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    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      I really don't have an expert answer for that, but found some articles saying that it was. Check with your veterinarian before feeding flaxseeds to dogs.

      Reply
  2. Colleen  January 23, 2016

    How can you tell if it’s rancid?
    Colleen

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    • Gale Compton  January 23, 2016

      Colleen,

      Here’s a general rule of thumb:
      1. Look at the expiration date before purchasing. Discard any seeds that are past the recommended “best by date”.
      2. If they have a fishy smell or strong odor, toss them.
      3. If they have a bitter smell or taste, toss them.

      Seeds should have a mild taste and smell and nutty flavor. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  3. Theertha  July 12, 2017

    Are flax seeds good for skinny people? I have been through articles which talks about weight loss via consumption of flax seeds. But other benefits of flax seeds like healthy skin and hair is appealing to me. I have bought a pack of it but now that I have seen its role in weight loss I am not sure whether to use it or not (I am quite skinny and trying to add weight). So what should I do?

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    • Emilia Horn  July 13, 2017

      Theertha, flax seeds can help with weight loss, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat them if you’re trying to gain weight. Flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds are a good, easy way to add extra calories to your diet (to help you gain weight).

      Reply

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