Seeds can be an excellent source of good fats. Flaxseeds, in particular, are exceptional when it comes to nutritional benefits. Chew them as is or grind them up – your choice! You can also add them to smoothies, salads, soups, or yogurt, granola bars, or use them in flour form and add them to breads, muffins, or cookies.
If you don’t already love flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, here are 10 reasons to start:
1. Their oil is the richest source of omega 3 fatty acids
This makes an excellent substitute for fish oil for those that are vegetarian or vegan. It’s also less expensive and more stable than fish oil.
2. They make a good laxative
Flaxseeds contain soluble fiber, which promotes regular bowel movements.
3. They lower cholesterol
Flaxseeds can help lower cholesterol and slow the progression of artherosclerosis.
4. The oil is good for your hair
Consuming flaxseed oil can help to prevent dry, brittle hair.
5. They have anti-inflammatory benefits
They can reduce joint inflammation, which can help in all forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
6. They help prevent breast cancer
Omega 3 fatty acids lower the harmful effects of prostaglandins, which regulate inflammation, therefore helping to prevent breast cancer.
7. They help protect against colon cancer
Flaxseeds contain a type of fiber called lignan, which offers protection from colon cancer.
8. They can be applied as a poultice
Make a poultice with flaxseeds to treat abscesses, boils, and other skin swellings.
9. They boost your immunity
Flaxseeds improve the immune response and help to control viral infections.
10. They help you lose weight
Because of the soluble fiber, flaxseeds aid in weight loss by slowing down the passage of food and give you a feeling of being fuller. They also remove fat from the gastrointestinal tract.
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