Weight loss and more: The many health benefits of flaxseed
It's all in the name. In Latin, flaxseed is called "Linum usitatissimum." Translated this means "useful linen." Who would've guessed that this plant is such a good source of energy and so much more?
Thanks to its particular texture and ingredients, flaxseed can help prevent many illnesses and alleviate many complaints. From constipation to heart problems, adding flaxseed to your diet can be very beneficial to your health.
Flaxseed can also be really helpful to you if you're trying to shed a few pounds. The seeds are rich in fiber and good fats that help make you feel full faster and stimulate your digestion and metabolism. All of these factors help with weight loss.
The beneficial effects can be traced back to three main ingredients: omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed has one of the highest concentrations of omega-3), multiple unsaturated fatty acids, and lignan. These components are good for your joints and your body's defenses. Your brain also benefits when you eat food containing omega-3 fatty acids. A shortage can cause noticeable impairments to clear thinking, changes in behavior, and depression. Flaxseed can help prevent this.
Lignan has particularly important functions for women's health. Since lignan shares a similar structure to estrogen, it is connected to a lowered risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Flaxseed is also considered a good source of vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, zinc, iron, and more.
Flaxseed is even helpful in battling diabetes. Important antioxidants in the seeds lower insulin resistance and help improve blood sugar levels. This is also a helpful preventative tool.
To get the maximum benefits from flaxseeds, you should grind them (e.g. in a coffee grinder or mixer). It is also helpful to soak them in water at least 30 minutes before you eat them and then let them dry.
If you keep the seeds dry and out of direct light, they should last a few months. The whole seeds last even longer than ground ones. Make sure you always have a hearty supply of this amazing food.
They taste best in homemade bread or as an addition to your breakfast. They help you stay full longer, they're tasty, and go well with many different kinds of fruit.
You should see results in as little as two weeks: better skin, better digestion, more energy during the day. Not to mention the many preventative benefits — what a superfood! Everyone should try to incorporate these useful little seeds into their meals. Do something good for yourself!