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What are 5 Health Benefits of Consuming Flaxseed?

Flaxseed is also called linseed and comes from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). Its nutty-tasting seeds can be eaten on their own or crushed and cold-pressed to release flaxseed oil.

Flaxseeds occur in two basic varieties and colours: brown or yellow (golden linseeds). Most types of these basic varieties have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. An exception is a type of yellow flax called solin (Linola) which has a completely different oil profile and is very low in omega-3s.

Below we list 5 health benefits that Flaxseed may provide for you.

1. Digestive Health

Flaxseed contains both soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps soften stool, so it can pass through the GI tracts and be eliminated more easily. Insoluble fiber helps stimulate the digestive system to move waste through the gut and promote bowel regularity. The two types of fiber work together to support digestive health.

2. Lowering cholesterol levels

Flaxseed has been linked to lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol, which means it can help prevent other health issues such as heart disease and stroke.

3. Manage some cancers

Flaxseed has possible anti-cancer compounds called lignans (polyphenols) that could help manage certain types of cancer.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Polyunsaturated fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid and similar chemicals in flaxseed oil could have anti-inflammatory properties. Flaxseed oil is also considered useful for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

5. Improving insulin sensitivity

In a study, diabetic subjects took a tablespoon of ground flax seeds every day for a month, compared to the control group and experienced a significant drop in fasting blood sugars, triglycerides, and cholesterol and a drop in A1C level. This outcome shows that flaxseed oil may help with insulin resistance.

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