Flax is one of the oldest fibre crops in the world. It is known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. In Asia, it has played a role in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

Today, flaxseed is available as seeds, oil, powder, tablets, capsules and flour. It is consumed as a dietary supplement to prevent constipation, diabetes, cholesterol, cancer, and other conditions.

A typical serving size for ground flax seeds is 1 tablespoon (7 grams).

Just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to being a rich source of some vitamins and minerals.

One tablespoon of ground flax seeds contains the following:

  • Calories: 37
  • Protein: 1.3 grams
  • Carbs: 2 grams
  • Fibre: 1.9 grams
  • Total fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0.3 grams
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5 grams
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0 grams
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 1,597 mg
  • Vitamin B1: 8% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 2% of the RDI
  • Folate: 2% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 2% of the RDI
  • Iron: 2% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 7% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 2% of the RDI

Interestingly, flax seeds’ health benefits are mainly attributed to the omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fibre they contain.

Flax seeds are recently emerging as a superfood.

The therapeutic and beneficial properties of consuming flaxseed are not yet completely understood, and there is little evidence from high-quality research to confirm its benefits.

However, it contains nutrients which may help prevent a number of health problems.

Possible benefits include helping prevent cancer, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, and protecting against radiation.

Some benefits of flax seeds are:

Loaded with nutrients

By just having a tablespoon of these seeds will give you a decent amount of fibre, proteins and vital vitamins and minerals.

May reduce cancer risk

Flax seeds are a rich source of lignans which may help in reducing the risk of cancer.

Source of protein

Flax seeds are a great source of plant-based protein. It helps in improving immune function as well.

Curb hunger

Flax seeds make up a great snack. They are filing and help reduce hunger. You can also add flax seeds to your drinks.

There are multiple ways in which you can have flax seeds.
– Add it to any beverage
– Sprinkle it on salad
– Add it to yoghurt

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