Flaxseed Is Not Just for Vegetarians Anymore


Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed is one of nature's super foods. It has been considered a staple in vegetarian diets for several years due to its abundance of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also rich in lignans which possess both estrogen and antioxidant properties. With more people trying to find healthy alternatives to many of the processed foods they eat, flaxseeds are becoming popular with anyone who takes a liking to their rich taste and the numerous health benefits they have to offer. 

 

The Many Uses of Flaxseed

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil can be used in a variety of ways. The oil and seeds can both be added to baked goods, salads, smoothies and a variety of other foods. The seeds can be used along with granola to add a crunchy topping to desserts like yogurt and ice cream. The seeds can be added to meat dishes like meatloaf and meat balls. Not only do they add a new flavor to the mix, they can also help to stretch the recipe.

Numerous Health Benefits

Because of their high fiber content, flaxseeds are ideal for individuals who have digestive problems. The large quantities of fiber and omega 3-fatty acids help to control cholesterol levels in the blood which reduces a person's risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

Lignans are also found in massive amounts in flaxseed. In fact, flaxseeds have more lignans than almost any other plant source. Lignans contain estrogen which supports a healthy reproductive system as well as other functions throughout the body. Flaxseed's antioxidant content is also due to the lignans it contains. Antioxidants are essential for helping to slow down the aging process and eliminating free radicals from the body.

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