Should you include flax seeds in your diet?
Flax seeds have been known for their health-giving properties for many centuries and have been used abundantly. Interestingly, Charles the Great had even ordered his subjects to eat flax seeds to enjoy good health.
The typical serving size for ground flax seeds is 1 tablespoon or 7 grams. This is enough to take care of many nutritional requirements as it’s filled abundantly with protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Rich in Omega-3 fats
Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fats and these are known to prevent cholesterol build-up in the heart, bring down the growth of tumors and reduce inflammation of the arteries. This is also a great vegetarian source of Omega-3.
Rich in protein and fiber
Flax seed protein is of high quality and has been shown to improve immune function, lower cholesterol, prevent tumors and is filled with anti-fungal properties. One teaspoon of flax seeds gives you 3 grams of fiber which is 8–12% of the daily recommended intake specified for men and women, respectively. The fiber consists of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Manage cancer and weight
Flax seed is high in certain anti-cancerous compounds known as lignans and help to prevent certain kinds of cancer, including breast cancer. It also helps in weight loss as it keeps a person feeling fuller for longer.
How to include flax seeds in your diet
Flax seeds are versatile and you can use them in many ways. The simplest method is to mix flax seed powder with water and drink it. You can mix this powder into yoghurt or sprinkle over cereals. It can also be mixed with the batter used to make muffins, cookies, bread and so on. Flax seed oil is excellent when drizzled over a salad.