Flax seeds are grown since the beginning of civilization. There are two types, brown and golden, which are equally nutritious.
Just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein and fiber in addition to be a rich source of some vitamins and minerals and omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). Plant-based ALA fatty acids are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke. The high fiber content of flax seeds can also enhance heart health by lowering cholesterol and may also play an important role in bowel and digestive health.
Moreover, flax seeds contain a group of nutrients called lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties. They may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer.
Flax seeds are versatile and can be easily included into your daily diet by:
• Adding them to water and drinking it as part of your daily fluid intake
• Sprinkling ground flax seeds over your hot or cold breakfast cereal
• Mixing them into your favorite smoothie to thicken up its consistency
• Adding them into cookie, muffin, bread or other batters
• Adding them to water as an egg substitute
• Incorporating them into meat patties