Why Linseed (Flaxseed) is so Incredibly Good for Your Health
Linseed (also known as flaxseed) is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition - often touted as a “superfood” given the extensive and diverse health giving benefits and nutrient content present in even a small serving of these seeds.
So, what it is about linseed or flaxseed that makes them so special, that we chose to make them a key ingredient in so many of our products?
High in omega-3 fatty acids
Linseed is among the leading plant-based sources of omega-3s. Just a single tablespoon is enough to meet your daily needs. Omega-3s are important for maintaining healthy skin and hair.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also known as essential fatty acids because they are essential to vital biological processes in the body. We aren’t able to manufacture them ourselves, so it’s important to include them in the diet to reduce bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Deficiency can cause dry skin, eczema, lethargy, weakened immune system, hormonal imbalances and depression. Additionally, omega-3s may reduce inflammation, the underlying cause of many health problems.
High in antioxidants
Linseed is the number one source of a type of antioxidant called lignans. Lignans can help slow the aging process, balance hormone levels, and maintain cellular health. They're also antibacterial and antiviral, potentially reducing the symptoms and frequency of some illnesses such as colds and flu. They may even help to control yeast infections. Definitely something to stop up on before the Winter lurgies hit!
High in vitamins and minerals
Not only is linseed high in omega-3s and antioxidants, they're also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Perhaps the most notable of these is magnesium, with three tablespoons of seeds providing 35% of your daily needs. Others include vitamin B1, phosphorus, manganese, and selenium. All of these important nutritional elements for general health and wellbeing.
Rich in fibre
It’s a widely recognised and discussed fact that the majority of diets in the Western world are lacking in fibre. In a previous article, we go into detail around why fibre is so important and necessary in the diet. Linseed is an excellent source of this vital nutrient, with just two tablespoons providing 25% of your daily needs.
Increasing fibre content in the diet is known to lead to fat loss, given that it aids with satiation and helps to reduce sugar cravings and frequent snacking. This in turn helps to stabilise hormone levels and reduce cholesterol and the likelihood of other diseases like type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. Fibre is also a vital component in ensuring optimal gut health and forms an important part of the prebiotic content that keeps the good bacteria in the body healthy.
Studies have shown that linseed can help to slow the progression of various types of cancer. These most notably include breast and prostate cancers. This may be due to the way the seeds regulate hormone levels. This hormone-regulating effect can help to regulate menstrual cycles and reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings.
Promotes digestive health
Eating linseed also helps to protect the lining of the digestive tract. This reduces digestive irritation and may help with controlling digestive issues like Crohn's disease. The high fibre content also means they are effective in promoting colon health and reducing constipation.
Most sources recommend taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of linseed per day. It's very important that the seeds are ground, to ensure that the nutrients can be effectively absorbed.
Enjoying linseed or flaxseed as part of a balanced plant-based diet will see you noticing health benefits almost immediately. Complement them with a healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of sleep, and you'll soon be well on your way to optimal health.
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