In just a 70 calorie serving, flaxseeds provide 3 grams of fiber to aid digestion, 3 grams of protein to promote muscle growth and maintenance, and nontrivial amounts of essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. Additionally, flaxseeds contain abundant amounts of polyunsaturated fats; these healthy fats promote heart and brain health. Finally, flaxseeds contain certain phytosterols that have been shown to reduce so-called “bad cholesterol” known as LDL cholesterol as well as lignans which have been shown to reduce the risk of strokes.
- Flaxseeds come from the flax plant and are sold in both powder and whole forms. The body doesn’t break down whole seeds so you will need to have a grinder.
- Whole seeds have a longer shelf life, powdered forms are easier but should be refrigerated to help with shelf life.
- Flaxseeds are packed with nutrients and fiber, but should be consumed at least an hour before medications or two hours after. They are great for hair growth, lowering cholestero and are heart healthy.
“These nutritious powerhouses contain a plethora of heart-healthy unsaturated fats plus vitamins and minerals that can benefit your body in a number of ways.”