If you are a health conscious person then benefits of flaxseed will blow your mind. With all the healthy food choices out there, it might be hard to decide on something that is versatile, good for you, and tastes great. Flaxseed (aks linseeds) has a lot going for it. Personally, I love using it as an egg substitute in baking to give my cookies, cakes, and banana bread that extra boost of healthy goodness. There’s more to flaxseed than just a great, vegan friendly substitute, though. Here are some amazing benefits of this equally amazing seed.


Benefits of Flaxseed

1. Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids – Our bodies do not produce Omega-3s on their own so we need to find them in food or through a pill-form supplement. While a pill does the trick, it’s always a better idea to get your essential vitamins and minerals through foods. Omega-3 found in flaxseed may naturally lower your cholesterol, which makes it great for heart health.

2. Fiber - Most people don’t get enough fiber in their diet. The Food And Nutrition Board of the National Institute of Medicine recommends men under 50 eat 38 grams of fiber a day, while women under 50 should eat 25 grams of fiber per day. Most people come nowhere close to that number. If you’re adding flaxseed to your diet to boost your fiber intake and keep yourself regular, it is recommended that you start out small. Take no more than ½ teaspoon a day until your body gets used to the change. If you try too much too fast, you may experience uncomfortable bloating.

3. Lignans – Among other great benefits of flaxseed, it has Lignans. Lignans contains plant estrogen and antioxidants. It may reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Flaxseed has approx. 75 to 800 times more lignans (do you know that?) than any other plant food.

Benefits of Flaxseed


While opinion varies on how much flaxseed most people should use to supplement their diet, the Flax Council of Canada recommends between 1 and 2 tablespoons a day.

Here is the nutritional value of flaxseed per 100g which clearly shows the great benefits of flaxseed :

Energy 534 Kcal Iron 5.73 mg
Calcium 255 mg Magnesium 392 mg
Dietary Fiber 27.3 g Niacin 3.080 mg
Carbohydrate 28.8 g Potassium 813 mg
Vitamin A 0 IU Protein 18.29 g
Vitamin B-6 0.473 mg Riboflavin 0.161 mg
Vitamin C 0.6 mg Sodium 30 mg
Vitamin E 0.31 mg Thiamin 1.644 mg
Vitamin K 4.3 µg Total lipid (fat) 42.16 g
Cholesterol 0 mg Zinc 4.34 mg
Folates 87 µg

Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National Nutrient Database


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Say NO To Flaxseed – Breastfeeding Mothers and Pregnant Women
Though there are a lot of benefits of flaxseed but breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women should be careful on the amount of flaxseed they consume, so far it’s not much known who should avoid flaxseed but Lilian Thompson, PhD. from the University of Toronto, who does research on flaxseed, says breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women should not add ground flaxseed in their diet.


How To Use Flaxseed

1. The best way is buy flaxseed already ground but if you want you can grind it yourself at home using an electric coffee grinder. If you eat flaxseed whole, it will pass through your intestinal tract undigested – eliminating most, if not all, of the health benefits.

2. There are two different kinds of flaxseed – golden flaxseed and brown flaxseed. Their health benefits are very similar in regards to the amount of omega-3s, lignans, and fiber. Golden flaxseed looks better if you’re the type of person that needs or wants to eat visually appealing foods, but brown flaxseed is easier to find in the grocery store. In a nutshell, if you supplement your diets with it (either of them), you’ll get the benefits of flaxseed.

3. Buy it online or in your local grocery store. There are no special trips to a health food store or speciality grocery store needed to enjoy the benefits of flaxseed. It is easily available for sale online or at your local grocery store. It’s usually sold in one pound bags and found in the grain aisle.

No matter how you choose to use flaxseed in your diet, it’s a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. How are you going to use flaxseed?