Flaxseeds are a power player for the entire human body system! Did you know flaxseeds have been consumed as food for around 6,000 years? Flax, then, may have been one of the world’s first cultivated superfoods, before “superfoods” were a fad in the grocery aisles.
Flaxseeds may also be called linseeds. They’re small, brown, tan, or golden-colored and are the richest source of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) IN THE WORLD!
Flaxseeds contain a high amount of fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber, which means that flax supports colon detoxification, fat loss, and can help reduce sugar cravings.
Flaxseeds, in addition to the high-content fiber and high nutritional benefits (3 tablespoons of flaxseeds contain 8g of fiber, 6g of protein, and a healthy dose of Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, Copper, and Zinc), help keep your skin, hair, and nails as healthy as can be.
The ALA which we mentioned earlier provides some of the essential fats which reduce dryness and flakiness and can improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.
Flax even helps with dry eye syndrome. If you’re someone who has a job that keeps you close to computers and screens, consider adding flax into your recipes daily.
Flaxseeds are gluten-free, high in antioxidants, and can help fight breast, prostate, ovarian, and colon cancer.
They can be ground, added to smoothies, sprinkled onto breakfast cereals or salads. They’re versatile in baking, too! Bake them into muffins, cookies, and bread, or even mix flax with water and use them as an egg substitute!
Key note: Flaxseeds are best consumed ground as our bodies cannot access the nutrients if they are eaten whole. If they are eaten whole, they will pass through undigested.