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Flaxseeds: Tiny, but Mighty

Steve June 17, 2013

They’re small, but flaxseeds are one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet, supporting heart, cellular, vascular and blood sugar health- among other benefits.

Don’t let their tiny size fool you because, regardless of their miniscule measurements, they pack a mighty wallop.  Not only does flax benefit support cellular, cardiovascular, breast, colon, prostate and lung health, the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, and the lignan content in flaxseeds appear to be primarily responsible for these benefits.  In fact, flaxseeds provide a rich source of ALA, which is important because the human body uses ALA for healthy cellular growth and cellular energy production.

FLAXSEEDS OFFER AN ARRAY OF HEALTH BENEFITS AND CONTAIN THREE HIGHLY IMPORTANT- AND HEALTHY- ELEMENTS:

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Omega-3s are some of the “good fats” people are raving about these days.  Just two tablespoons of flaxseeds provides over 146 % of the daily value, or DV, of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA

LIGNANS: These plant-based compounds are known for their protective health quantities.  Flaxseeds, through their lignan content, offer antioxidants and healthy, natural phytochemicals.  In fact, flaxseeds contain 75 to 800 times more lignans than any other type of plant food.

FIBER: Most of us don’t get enough fiber and its health benefits, but flaxseeds contain both types of fiber we need- soluble and insoluble.

 

With all these health benefits, it’s no wonder people love their flaxseeds and are upping their flaxseed intake.  Tiny, but Mighty!


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