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3 Health Benefits of Flax Seed

It may be tiny, but it’s mighty: The flax seed carries one of the
biggest nutrient payloads on the planet. And while it’s not
technically a grain, it has a similar vitamin and mineral profile
to grains, while the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3
fatty acids in flax leaves grains in the dust.
Additionally, flax seed is very low in carbohydrates, making it
ideal for people who limit their intake of starches and sugars.
And its combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it
a great food for weight loss and maintenance — many dieters have
found that flax seed has been a key to keeping them feeling
satisfied.

Flax Seed Nutrition

Yes, flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and
manganese, but this little seed is just getting started. There
are three additional nutrient groups which flax seed has in
abundance, and each has many benefits.

Flax Seed is Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are
a key force against inflammation in our bodies. Mounting evidence
shows that inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases
including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even
some cancers. This inflammation is enhanced by having too little
Omega-3 intake (such as in fish, flax, and walnuts), especially
in relation to Omega-6 fatty acid intake (in oils such as soy and
corn oil). In the quest to equalize the ratio of these two kinds
of oils, flax seed can be a real help.

Most of the oil in flax seeds is alpha linolenic acid (ALA). ALA
is an Omega-3 that is a precursor to the fatty acids found in
salmon and other fatty cold-water fish (called EPA and DHA).
Because not everyone is able to easily convert ALA into EPA and
(especially) DHA, it is best not to rely solely on flax for your
Omega-3 intake. However, ALA also has good effects of its own,
and definitely helps in the Omega 3/6 balance.

Flax Seed is High in Fiber: You’d be hard-pressed to find a food
higher in fiber — both soluble and insoluble — than flax. This
fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering
effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood
sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the
intestines.

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