Flax seeds, also known as linseeds, are small, brown or golden-colored seeds that come from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). They are known for their high nutritional value and have been used for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. They also contain minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc and vitamins like vitamin E. These nutrients have been found to have several health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, improving digestion, and promoting healthy skin, hair and nails.
Flax seeds can be consumed in a number of ways, such as:
- Ground: The seeds can be ground into a powder and added to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, or baked goods.
- Whole: Whole flaxseeds can be added to cereal, yogurt or smoothies
- Flaxseed oil: the oil can be used as a salad dressing or added to a smoothie
Reminder: Flax seeds must be ground to release the beneficial compounds and make them more easily digestible.