Flax Seeds are one of the top “superfood” seeds. Back in the hunter and gatherer days, it wasn’t uncommon to see seeds as a primary part of a healthy diet, and seeds are making their comeback due to their impressive health benefits. Seeds, and especially flax seeds deserve some spotlight attention, because flax seeds are high in 3 of the top healthiest nutrients. Flax seeds contain a nice dose of fiber while also containing health fats, and protein. Flax seeds are pretty much a plant based superstar.
30 g flax seeds
1. Flax Seeds Contain 35% of the RDA of Magnesium in Just 3 Tablespoons
Flax seeds contain a high amount of magnesium which is virtually essential for every single function in the body. To be exact, magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. (1) To name a few of it’s functions, magnesium is necessary to maintain heart health, and a to keep our heart beat steady. Magnesium also works along side of calcium to help to keep our bones strong, and can even help to prevent conditions such as high blood pressure, and heart disease. Obtaining magnesium from foods is the best way to assure that you are getting enough magnesium in your diet, and flax seeds are an excellent option.
2. Flax Seeds contain 6,338mg of ALA Essential Fatty Acids (2)
Essential fatty acids are very important for overall health. These types of fats cannot be synthesized in the body, they must be obtained from our diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. (3) If you are not getting enough essential fatty acids from your diet, things like a reduced immune system, depression, dry skin, and abnormalities in the function of the kidneys and liver can occur. Flax seeds are an easy way to make sure you are consuming enough of these fats.
3. Whole Flax Seed Help to Improve Digestion & Elimination
Due to flax seeds fiber content, flax seeds are known to help improve digestive function. Sheah L. Rarback, MS says that It’s very important to eat ground flaxseeds and not whole flaxseeds, “If you try to eat them whole, they will simply pass through your system without being digested. When they are ground, however, they are a good source of soluble fiber, which helps with elimination.” (4)