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Flaxseed, natures secret to a healthier you

Flaxseed: Nature’s secret to a healthier you in 3 easy tips

Registered Women’s Health Nutritional therapist & Nutrigenomics Practitioner, Cara Shaw, gives us insight into Flaxseed and why it’s nature’s secret to a healthier you.

What are the benefits of Flaxseed?

Flaxseeds may be small, but they certainly pack a remarkable punch in terms of health benefits. Adding these little nutrient powerhouses into your diet every day can provide a myriad of advantages for your overall well-being. From improving digestion to supporting cardiovascular health, let’s delve into why it’s beneficial to consume flaxseeds every day and how they can positively impact you.

1. Flaxseed is packed with plant-based protein & energy-boosting nutrients

Flaxseed is natures secret to a healthier you

Flaxseed is a natural energy booster and an excellent source of plant-based protein (a huge 5g protein per serving). Protein is vital for muscle function, energy production, hormones, digestive function, and immunity. Adding flaxseed to your breakfast daily is an easy and convenient way to increase your protein intake, particularly if you are primarily plant-based or following a vegan diet.

Flaxseed may be tiny, but they offer a perfect blend of macro and micronutrients, to help sustain energy levels throughout the day. Just 2x dessertspoons provide 76mg Magnesium, which plays a crucial role in energy production. Magnesium also has a big role to play in managing blood sugar. When blood sugar is dysregulated, you can see energy crashes and typical afternoon slumps. Whether you sprinkle them onto a warm bowl of porridge or add them to overnight oats, flaxseeds are a delicious and nutritious way to power up your day.

2. Flaxseed is a rich source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Flaxseed is a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that our bodies cannot produce on their own, and therefore, essential to have in the diet.

Flaxseed is a source of omega 3 fatty acids

Omega-3s play a vital role in heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially ALA, have been shown to help reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which in excess can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids also have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is linked to cardiovascular problems and the anti-inflammatory effects of flaxseeds can help protect blood vessels and therefore, reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.

By incorporating flaxseed into your diet daily, you can support healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular well-being.

3. Flaxseed supports healthy digestion

Flaxseed contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which both contribute to a healthy gut and healthy microbiome.

Insoluble fibre adds bulk to the stool, promoting regular bowel movements and helps to prevent constipation. Soluble fibre forms a gel-like substance which helps to slow down the absorption of glucose, thus supporting blood sugar.

The high fibre content of flaxseed provides prebiotics to the gut, helping to feed good gut bacteria and create a thriving microbiome.

Just 2x dessertspoons a day provide you with a whopping 5g fibre, getting you well on your way to the recommended daily amount of 30g per day.

Incorporating flaxseeds into your daily diet can be a simple yet impactful step towards optimising your health and improving overall well-being. Providing a rich source of omega-3, protein, vitamins and minerals, flaxseeds offer key nutrients that many individuals are deficient in, in today’s world.

Flaxseed can help to support healthy digestion

Whether you sprinkle them on your porridge as a topping, blend them into your oats or stir them in after cooking; these versatile seeds will provide you with a convenient and delicious dose of fibre, healthy fats, protein, and nutrients.

About The Author: Cara Shaw

Cara Shaw, Nutritionist

Cara Shaw is a Registered Women’s Health Nutritional therapist & Nutrigenomics Practitioner with a special interest in PCOS, infertility and hormonal imbalances. Her company CRS Nutrition specialises in supporting women via 1:1 nutritional therapy session’s along with Genetic testing. Cara’s expertise in nutritional therapy is all about uncovering the root cause of issues and diving deep into the ‘why’, in order to support an individual via both nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. Nutrigenomics is a perfect adjunct to nutritional therapy, offering personalised nutritional recommendations based on an individuals’ genetic blueprint, that identifies nutrient needs and lifestyle changes to optimise health and reach desired goals.

Cara’s journey into nutritional therapy was inspired by her own fertility challenges and dealing with both PCOS and endometriosis. She saw first-hand how impactful nutritional and lifestyle changes were to her own life and has now made it her mission to help educate and empower others.

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