Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Written by Casey

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

I really love flax, since my health obsessed mom turned me onto the mini packets, I put them in my smoothies every day, and even use them to cook. I only use flax seed flour to bake with and eggs, water, and oats as a substitute for dough. 

First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular.

Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)

Third, (and the most important benefit of flax)  is that it contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.

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BLEU. She's an oasis child busy being born in New York. She lives in the East Village and spends time writing, reading, making movies, shopping at Chrome Hearts and Opening Ceremony. You might find her indulging at Momofuku, or, she is spinning off those calories at Equinox while simultaneously doing homework.

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