Flaxseeds have a smooth, glossy surface and a flat shape. They are a golden color or brown and yellow. Besides a nutty taste, flaxseeds are also quite sweet.
The reason they’re so good for you is that they’re rich in alpha-linolenic acid, lignans, and fiber. They also contain B vitamins, protein, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, and phytochemicals.
The high fiber content helps improve the digestive system, it curbs your appetite and assists with weight loss.
Flaxseeds contain high-quality plant-based proteins and research shows they help improve the immune system, lower cholesterol, prevent tumors and has anti-fungal properties. For vegetarians, or people planning to reduce the amount of red meat they eat, flaxseeds are a good substitute. They also make you feel full, so they’ll aid with weight loss.
Other benefits of this seed include easing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), lowering cholesterol, protecting against heart disease, reducing the risk of cancer as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels.
The recommended serving size is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds twice a day. You can grind them using a blender and add them to cereals or smoothies. Mix them into your yogurt, or add them to a cookie, bread or muffin batters. You can also use flaxseed oil as a salad dressing.
Note: Make sure you drink plenty of water when you eating flaxseeds. Also, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and people taking blood thinners should avoid flaxseeds and flaxseed supplements.