Lately, I have been reading a lot about how flax seed has a ton of health benefits. Here are some heath benefits I have found:
It has lots of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are “good” fats and play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Since flax seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha linoleic acid, it gives your body oils that keep your skin soft and clear, with just the right amount of moisture. Our bodies do not naturally create omega-3 fats, so we need to get them from our diet.
It contains Lignans, which have both plan estrogen and antioxidant qualities. (This helps reduce breast cancer and prostate cancer.) Flax seeds also have vitamins and minerals like magnesium, manganese and most of the B vitamins!
Flax seed is a great source of fiber! Often times, we do not get enough fiber in our diets. However, because flax seed does contain a lot of fiber, it is important to start with a small amount and increase slowly.
Research shows that it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.That’s pretty impressive for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Some other benefits include:
- Lowers blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
- Reduces bone loss.
- Helps with weight management.
- Improves digestive health.
- Increases immunity.
- Helps balance hormone levels.
There are so many ways you can incorporate it into your meals. You can add it to cooked oatmeal, bread, muffins, pancake batter, or yogurt. It has a nice nutty flavor and will go great with various recipes!
Recently, I added it to my peanut butter protein balls recipe and it was so delicious.. it added a little crunch to the taste! I added 1/2 a cup of Bob’s Red Mill Flaxeed Meal to my protein balls recipe. You can see the whole recipe here.