Flaxseed is rich in soluble fiber and insoluble as well as omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds also have antioxidant benefits and estrogen, thanks to the content of lignans in it.
About 7 grams or a tablespoon of flaxseed contains 37 calories, 2 grams of dietary fiber and 2 grams of unsaturated fatty acids.
Here are some health benefits of flaxseed:
Lowering cholesterol levels
Flaxseed can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) is often called bad cholesterol, as well as overall cholesterol levels. Presentation of flaxseed in various ways, including in the bread and muffins have the same benefits. However, flaxseed does not look much affect HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol.
Preventing cardiovascular disease
The intake of omega-3 in the body can help normalize the heartbeat. Recent studies have also suspect, omega-3 in flaxseed can help lower blood pressure, prevent hardening and the formation of plaque in the arteries (blood vessels clean).
Inflammation that typically accompanies asthma and Parkinson's disease, thought to be reduced by compounds ALA and lignans contained in flaxseed. Researchers revealed that flaxseed is associated with the ability to prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries, which also can prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Slow the progression of breast cancer
The content of lignan in flaxseed resembles the female hormone, estrogen. Because the shape is very similar, so the body recognizes lignans as estrogen and create a natural estrogen such as not working. Researchers believe lignans may slow the development of some types of breast cancer are influenced by estrogen levels.
Stabilize blood sugar levels
Flaxseed intake as much as three times a day for 3 months in a study, prove it can help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes Another study showed that intake of flaxseed powder regularly for one month, lowers blood sugar after fasting.
Tips when Eating Flaxseed
Be sure to consume flaxseed already ground, because these seeds can get into all parts of the body without being digested. Unprocessed raw flaxseed may contain toxins. Cooking flaxseed along with other foods to destroy the toxins. You can add flaxseed on biscuits, muffins or bread before baking.
Also, make sure not to consume excessively. Serving approximately 50 grams of flaxseed or 5 tablespoons per day, shall be sufficient. Add one tablespoon of flaxseed on cereal breakfast, or the mayonnaise in a sandwich. Flaxseed also will add to the fiber at the same flavor in yogurt as a snack or dessert.