Why is Flaxseed becoming so popular?
As a nation, we are all becoming much more interested and indeed knowledgeable when it comes to understanding what we put into our bodies. We strive to live a healthier lifestyle and eat a balanced and healthy diet. Seeds are now becoming a part of many healthy diets and are a great addition to most staple foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Flaxseeds are up there with the Chia Seed, the Hemp Seed and the Pumpkin Seed when it comes to providing your body with goodness and it’s this health benefit that has got us adding flaxseed to our food.
What are the benefits of Flaxseed?
There are four main benefits to adding Flaxseed to your diet.
- Maintain Cholesterol Levels: Flaxseed is one of nature’s richest plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 provides your body with essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that provide your body with essential nutrients. These nutrients are important for the body and the body can’t make Omega 3 on its own and needs to get it through foods. Omega 3 contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels in the body, helping maintain a strong heart in the process.
- Weight Management: One thing that the flaxseed brings to your body is fibre. Flax is a great source of fibre with 8.7g of fibre provided from every 30g of our Milled Organic Flaxseeds. You may be wondering why fibre and particularly dietary fibre is so important to you. Well, dietary fibre ensures your digestive system functions properly and also helps you to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Dietary fibre can also help you to maintain a healthy body weight so long as it is taken as part of a balanced diet. Fibre is also very important for your body in maintaining your bowel performance, maintaining a healthy colon and reducing the risk of bowel diseases.
- Protein Power: We recently looked at why protein is good for you when exercising and flaxseed is packed full of protein power for your body. Protein contributes to the development and maintenance of muscles mass and normal bones. It is also plays an important role in the development of your skin and is seen as a building block of life that helps your tissue cells both grow and repair. Two heaped dessert spoons of flaxseed (30g) of our milled organic flaxseed provides your body with 6.6g of protein.
- Oxygen Transport: Finally, flaxseed is a great source of Iron and just 30g can provide your body with 15% of its daily requirement of Iron (2.1mg). Iron has an important function in the body to help transport oxygen around it to your organs and cells. Iron also helps reduce your tiredness and fatigue levels by providing your body with energy.
How can I eat Flaxseeds?
Our nutritionally dense flaxseed supports a balanced diet and active lifestyle. Flaxseed goes great with many foods and can be mixed with porridge, cereal and yoghurt or sprinkled on to fruit or salad. Visit our recipe page to see some of the great Winter recipes we have for flaxseed including seafood chowder and cottage pie.