Monday, 5 December 2011

Why you should be eating Flax Seeds

Roughly 7months ago now, I bought the above packet of Linwoods Milled Organic Flax Seeds from Whole Foods in Camden.  To be honest, I didn't know exactly why I should be incorporating flax seeds into my diet;  only that they were good for you.
You can reduce your risk of dying of breast cancer by 40% if you include flax seeds in your diet, claims a German study.  It's thought that the phytoestrogens in the seeds prevent secondary tumours developing, so sprinkle a handful on your cereal every day.
- Zest Magazine, Page 15, December 2011 Issue

I was pretty stoked to read this.  I have been putting flax seeds in my oats, smoothies, salads and over meals - not really knowing what kid of benefits the seeds were giving me.  Except what is on the packet of course :)

 This picture is making my hungry!
ONE OF NATURE'S RICHEST PLANT SOURCES OF OMEGA 3 (ALA)
Omega 3 is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid used by the body and may help to maintain a healthy heart and brain function. It is ‘essential’ because our body cannot make Omega 3 but rather it must be obtained through our diet. It is generally accepted that oily fish are high in Omega 3, however, Flaxseed is one of nature’s richest plant sources of Omega 3 with 51% of the fat being this important fatty acid. One serving (30g/1oz) of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed provides 7.2g of Omega 3.
(Source)

Pretty cool hey?  I did crack a smile when I read this, given my family's history with breast cancer.


Do you include some kind of seeds in your diet? And do you really know the benefits you are gaining from them?

2 comments:

  1. Great post.Thanks for sharing such a useful information with us.

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  2. Flax seeds and chia seeds are also great sources for Omega 3. The benefit of flax seed and the benefit of chia seeds are many. Both flax seed and chia seeds contain fiber, Omega-3 and lignans. This helps lower cholesterol and can also benefit people at risk for diabetes by regulating blood sugar by slowing down the body's absorption of sugar. Flax seed and chia seeds are also both great sources for antioxidants.

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