Flaxseed also known as linseed is widely used as a source of oil for both skin and hair. The demand for flaxseed has increased dramatically for dietary purposes as more people are committing to a healthier lifestyle. Here are some quick benefits of flaxseed:
1) Aides in weight loss and management: Flaxseed has a high fiber content. Fiber is essential to our diets because it helps to keep our bowels regular, boost our energy, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and help us to achieve & maintain a healthy weight. Flaxseed is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps our bodies by absorbing the water from our food and creating a gel-like substance to slow down digestion. By slowing down the digestive process, this gel then traps sugars and “bad” or saturated fats making them less available for absorption. Insoluble fiber does not absorb the water in our foods. It actually works to push everything along our digestive tracks much easier and a bit quicker by adding bulk to stool, making it easier to leave our system.
2) High in omega-3’s: Flaxseed contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids which are “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Foods like eggs, salmon, tuna and even peanut butter are all sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. This was very interesting to me because I follow a vegan based diet and I have a sensitivity to dairy. Flaxseed serves as a great alternative source of omega-3s to vegans and those with dairy intolerance/allergies.
I love adding flaxseed to my yogurt and smoothies as an extra source of fiber & protein.
3) Promotes healthy skin, nails, and hair. The Omega 3’s 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. Try drinking 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily or optimal results.
When using flaxseed be sure to buy ground flaxseed. If they are not ground you must grind it before ingesting. Whole flaxseeds will pass through your body without being digested so you won’t reap any of the nutritional benefits.
Also, be sure to refrigerate them after opening/grinding to ensure freshness. Here are some more tips on how to include flaxseed into your diet:
- Add 1-3 teaspoons of ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal to a morning smoothie
- Mix a teaspoon in with yogurt
- Bake ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal into muffins, cookies and breads.
- Add to homemade sprouted granola
- Flaxseed meal can be mixed with water and used as a plant based egg substitute
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