Looking for a tasty and incredibly nutritious food to sprinkle on your salad or in your yogurt? Flax seed meal offers a bounty of health benefits and is a wise, simple addition to your diet. Whole flax seeds cannot be digested, so in order to access its many nutrients it must be milled our ground. Flax seed meal offers high levels of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein, dietary fiber and lignans (a group of complex carbohydrates that are also potent antioxidants). Studies show that flax seed meal may help protect against prostate and breast cancer, help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health and contribute to overall healthy living.
Here is a rundown of the major nutrients contained in flax seed meal and how they improve health:
Omega 3 Fatty Acid is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid that must be obtained from the diet because the body needs it but doesn’t produce it. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids play a pivotal role in preventing many health problems, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Their consumption has also been shown to improve mood and sharpen the memory. Flax seed meal is one of the best vegetarian sources of omega 3 fatty acid--each tablespoon contains about 1.8 grams.
Flax seed meal has high fiber content. Fiber prevents constipation, helps mitigate symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.
Lignans are polysaccharides found in plants and are in particularly high levels in flax seed meal. They are powerful antioxidants that protect the body’s cells from free radical damage and keep our organs healthy as we age. Lignans, when digested in the gut, form phytoestrogens, which can help with menopause symptoms in women as well as offering other protective benefits.
Did you know that these health benefits occurred in the flax-seed?