The benefits of flax seeds are far and wide. To start, one tablespoon provides a solid amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, while also being a rich source of some vitamins and minerals. Flax seeds are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a mostly plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It is one of two essential fatty acids that you have to obtain from the food you eat, as your body doesn’t produce them. ALA has been linked to a lower risk of stroke and a significantly lowered risk of heart disease.
There was a Canadian study involving over 6,000 Canadian women, and those who eat flax seeds are 18% less likely to develop breast cancer. Flax seeds have also been shown to help men. They appeared to have the potential to prevent colon and skin cancer but more research is needed to confirm this.
Flax seeds also produce a great amount of dietary fiber. Just one tablespoon contains 3 grams of fiber, which is 8-12% of the daily recommended intake. Flax seeds contain 2 types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. This duo is great for a healthier digestive system.
Another health benefit of flax seeds is their ability to lower bad cholesterol levels while also raising good cholesterol. These effects appear to be due to the fiber in flax seeds, as it binds to bile salts and is then excreted by the body. Ultimately, the high fiber of flax seeds can help lower cholesterol and could play an important role in improving heart health as well.
Studies on the benefits of flax seeds have also demonstrated a natural ability to lower blood pressure. For those who were already taking blood pressure medication, flax seeds lowered blood pressure even further and decreased the number of patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure by 17%.
Flax seeds also provide an ability to help control blood sugar and a more effective way to manage weight control.
Come into Solé SoupS today or order online to experience some of the great tasting soups, salads, and fresh frozen entrees that include flax seeds to help you live a healthier lifestyle while doing so.