How can flaxseed help your digestion?
Before we take a look at how flax seeds can help your digestive system, let us explain to you what flaxseeds actually are. Flaxseeds come from the flax crop and are one of the oldest fibre crops grown in the world, dating back to ancient Chinese times. Flax seeds can be eaten in 3 ways:
- as a whole seed (not recommended unless really small)
- as an oil to dress and prepare food
- ground or milled flaxseed to be added to food
When it comes to aiding your digestion by consuming flax seed, it is these last two forms that really help benefit your digestive system – flaxseed oil and milled flaxseed.
How can Linwoods milled flaxseed help your digestion?
At Linwoods, our organic flaxseed is milled, making it easy for the body to digest, but also releasing many of the flax seed benefits that help your digestive system. Sometimes whole flaxseeds can be a little harder for the body to digest, and you can lose some of that digestive goodness from eating flaxseed whole. To get the best digestive benefits of flax seed, it is recommended that you eat them in their milled or oil format, making our milled organic flaxseed, the perfect choice for aiding your digestive system as part of a healthy and balanced diet. So let’s take a look at what flaxseed has that makes it so valuable for your digestive system.
3 benefits of flax seed for your digestion.
1. Flaxseed is a great source of dietary fibre:
Perhaps the biggest benefit to eating milled flaxseed for your digestive system is that it is a great source of fibre. It is important to consume the right amount of dietary fibre on a regular basis to ensure bowel regularity, reduce inflammatory bowel diseases and maintain a healthy colon and digestive tract. A diet that is high in fibre helps contribute towards a fully functioning digestive system. The recommended intake of fibre for adults is 18g. Linwoods milled organic flaxseeds provide 8.7g of fibre per every 30g serving.
2. Flax seed contains healthy oils:
The healthy oils and lignans that are contained in flax seeds also help to contribute to digestive regularity, by lubricating your digestive system and making it much easier for food to pass through your system. These healthy oils and high fibre value and often make flax seed an effective natural remedy for relieving constipation.
3. Milled flaxseed contains Omega 3 fatty acids:
Lastly, flaxseeds are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels, and can also improve some digestive issues including inflammatory bowel diseases. Omega 3 and mucilage (thick gluey substance produce by plants) that is contained in flaxseeds also adds to the lubrication effect of your stools, making the digestion process an easier one.
5 ways to enjoy flaxseed and improve your digestive system.
Flaxseed not only contains health benefits that can help your digestive system and your body as a whole, it can also add some additional flavour and texture to your favourite foods. Below we have listed 5 ways to enjoy flaxseed and help your digestion.
- Sprinkle over your porridge each morning
- Mix into a soup or stew dish
- Add to your favourite yoghurt
- Serve over the top of a pasta or salad dish
- Add to your mixture when making your favourite breads