HEALTHY HABITS CORNER- Superfood Linseed or Flaxseed

Flax seeds or Linseeds have been consumed as food for around 6,000 years and may have been the world’s first cultivated superfood!They are small, tan or golden coloured seeds and are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha- linolenice acid (ALA).

10 Flax seeds Benefits & Nutrition Facts:

  1. High in Fibre but low in Carbs– flax is extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fibre which can support colon detoxification,fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.
  2. Healthy Hair, nails and Skin– The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema. This also applies to eye health as flax can reduce dry eye syndrome.
  3. Weight Loss – Since flax is full of healthy fats and fibre, it will help you feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss. ALA fats may also help reduce inflammation.
  4. Lower Cholesterol – The soluble fiber content of flax seeds trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it is unable to be absorbed. Soluble fibre also traps bile, which is made from cholesterol in the gallbladder. The bile is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood and lowering cholesterol overall.
  5. Flaxseeds are Gluten- Free – flax seeds are great for those who have Celiac disease or have a gluten-sensitivity. They may also be a good alternative to omega-3 fats in fish for people with a seafood allergy.
  6. Digestive Health- the biggest flax seed benefits come from its ability to promote digestive health. The ALA in flax can help protect the lining of the digestive tract and maintain GI health. It has been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from Crohn’s disease or other digestive ailments, as it can help reduce gut inflammation.
  7. Flax seeds are high in Antioxidants (Lignans) – Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, therefore consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.
  8. Flax Seeds for Cancer – Flax seed benefits have been proven time and time again and even including fighting breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer.
  9. High in Omega -3 Fatty Acids- We hear a lot about the health benefits of fish oil or omega-3 fats. Fish oil contains EPA and DHA, two omega-3 fats that are critical for optimal health. Although flaxseeds do not contain EPA or DHA, they do contain ALA, another type of omega-3 fat.
  10. Menopausal Symptoms: The lignans in the flax have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women. It can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because lignans do have estrogenic properties. These properties may also help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It can even help menstruating women by helping maintain cycle regularity.