Flaxseeds - small seed, big nutritional value

For centuries, flaxseed has been grown and consumed by humans. It may be small in size, but flaxseed certainly holds a big nutritional value. It remains one of the richest sources of Omega 3’s as well as a whole host of other essential vitamins and minerals. Another benefit of flaxseed is that it’s extremely versatile. I can be used whole to add texture and flavour or ground as a flour substitute to be used in both baking and cooking. Here’s a quick summary of why flaxseed is such a nutritional super food:

 

Flaxseed fats & why they’re so good for you

Flaxseed is made up of 66% fat and only 22% carbohydrate and 12% protein. For those people looking to increase their intake of healthy fats, flaxseeds are the ideal supplement because it is two thirds fats. While sunflower seeds contain a higher ratio of fats, the difference in nutritional benefits comes in with the types of fats. Of the fats 68.2% are polyunsaturated fats made up of Omega 3’s and 6’s. Omega 3’s are fats essential for good brain function as well as healthy bone and muscle development in infants. In flaxseed Omega 3’s make up 54% of the fats and Omega 6’s only 14%. By simply adding 2 tablespoons of flaxseed to your daily food you can ensure you are getting the nutritional fats you need most.

 

Flaxseed minerals – so much goodness in such a small seed

Minerals are an essential part of healthy cell functioning in our bodies. This is one of the reasons it is important to each mineral rich foods. Eating highly processed foods that have no or very few minerals in them can lead to a deficiency and a lowering on the body’s immune system. Flaxseed is rich in potassium, phosphorous, calcium, as well as magnesium that helps the absorption of these other minerals.  In smaller quantities flaxseed also contains selenium, sodium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. With all of these minerals, eating flaxseed is an easy way to boost your mineral intake.

 

Vitamins in Flaxseed

Flaxseed is rich in folate and Vitamins K. Folate is essential for health growth while Vitamin K promotes healthy brain function and in some studies is reported to improve memory in older people. More specifically Vitamin K is cited in playing a crucial role in a health circulatory system.  It is reported to improve blot clotting and prevent excessive bleeding.

 

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