Flaxseed has been well regarded as a powerful plant food. There’s evidence to suggest that flaxseed may help in reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, stoke and diabetes among other illnesses. That’s quite an impressive resume for a tiny seed.
Flaxseed is found in an a variety of foods from crackers to oatmeal. Consumer demand for flaxseed has grown increasingly over the years and in agricultural use too, to feed chickens, laying eggs with a high level of omega-3 fatty acids.
. Omega-3 (essential fatty acids) have been shown to help protect the heart. Each tablespoon of flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega 3s.
. Fiber- flaxseeds contain both soluble and insoluble types of fibre.
. Lignans- flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant and antioxidant qualities.
Benefits of flaxseed (linseed)
Cancer- studies have suggested that flaxseed may have protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
In animals- it was found that the plant omega-3 fatty acid that is found in flaxseed, inhibited tumor growth.
So making flaxseed (linseed) part of your diet might certainly be something to add to your kitchen pantry if you haven’t already.
Flaxseed can be dusted on cereal, mixed into your preferred yoghurt, used in baking delights such as flapjacks or eaten on it’s own.