It’s hard to believe that such a small, brown seed could be so beneficial for your body. But it’s true! They have many health benefits. They are so great for our bodies that we’ve used them in all of our delicious breakfast smoothie packs. Here’s the low down on why you should be including flax in your diet.
Where do they come from?
Flaxseeds were first cultivated in Babylon around 3,000 BC. Unsurprisingly, the seed comes from a crop called flax which have a beautiful purple flower.
These are essential fatty acids. They lower cholesterol, promote healthy joints and can help improve your mood. They are also good for the digestive system, regulating bowel movements can help depression and can help your cardiovascular system.
Fibre is well known for its digestive benefits. This can help you digest food quicker and easier, speeding up the metabolism. Fibre helps lower cholesterol levels, leading to a healthy heart. It also helps lower blood sugar, too.
Lignans are chemical compounds found in plants. They have oestrogen and antioxidant qualities. This means they are good for overall body and hormone health.
The combination of ALA and lignans help prevent pro-inflammatory agents. This means they can reduce DOMS and help you recover from injuries quicker. Reducing inflammation is also associated with preventing a plaque buildup in the arteries which can lead to heart issues.
Menopausal hot flushes
In 2007, a study was published that revealed having 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds twice a day increased hot flushes in menopausal women decreased by 57%. The women studied found these benefits to take effect within 2 weeks.
How to include flax seeds in your diet
Flax seeds have a subtle nutty flavour, so they can be added to almost anything! Sprinkle them on your favourite salad, toss them into a curry or have them with some berries as a snack. We include flax seeds in our breakfast smoothies, too, because we know how important they are to have in your diet. By having our protein smoothies for brekkie, you’ll know you’re getting the flax you need!