Flax seeds come from the flax plant, which is grown specifically for its seeds and also for its fiber. There are two different varieties of flax seeds. There is a brown and a golden seed and can also be found as an oil.
What is in a flax seed?
The flax seed has three major ingredients that give it its beneficial aspects. The first ingredient is omega-3 fatty acids. These are considered “good” fats and have lots of heart health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids not only have anti-inflammatory properties but also help with normalizing one’s heartbeat. Your arteries are also benefited from omega-3 fatty acids because they prevent the build up of plague, keeping circulation regular.
The second ingredient is lignans, with flax seeds containing up to 800 times more than any other plant food. Lignans have many antioxidant aspects and has been studied for its positive effect on breast, colon and prostate cancer. According to some studies, being exposed to lignan during adolescence can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. The lignan blocks enzymes during hormone metabolism and therefore interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
The third, important ingredient in flax seeds is fiber. The fiber found in the flax seed is both the soluble and insoluble type. This means that the soluble type swells when mixed with water in our digestive tract and has been found to moderate blood glucose levels and help lower cholesterol. The insoluble passes through mostly in its original form and is more beneficial in the intestinal tract.
Try adding some ground flax seeds to your next batch of cookies, muffins or muesli! Flax seeds can be found in our Athlete Fuel, Classic Swiss and the new Morning Zen Gluten Free Muesli.
What recipes do you like to add flax seeds to?