Flaxseeds are a relative newcomer among foods with proven health benefits. They are considered to be a superfood, for their richness in nutritional values and many benefits they provide. Despite the novelty, they’ve been around since ancient times, but were used primarily for textile manufacture. Their benefits stem from abundance of fatty acids, specifically omega-3 type, and high amount of fiber. They improve gut health and digestion, and are proven to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
- Flaxseeds are very inexpensive but they are high in calories and very nutrition. A teaspoon of whole seeds contain about 55 calories.
- Flax seeds are great for weight loss as they can help suppress hunger and prevent you from eating or snacking on unhealthy foods.
- Flax seeds can help lower blood cholesterol up to 11% because of the amount of fiber and lignan content in the seeds.
“Also known as common flax or linseeds, these tiny seeds originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.”