Flaxseeds (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseeds, are small oilseeds that originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Lately, they have been gaining popularity as a health food. This is due to their high content of heart-healthy omega-3, fiber and other unique plant compounds. Flaxseeds have been linked to health benefits such as improved digestive function and a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are very easy to incorporate into the diet. Grinding them is the best way to make the most of their health benefits. Flaxseeds are usually brown or yellow. They are sold whole, ground/milled or roasted, and are often processed into flaxseed oil.
Health Benefit of Red Flax Seeds:
1- Almost all (95%) of the carbs in flax seeds consist of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, It also promotes digestive health by feeding the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. When mixed with water, the mucilage gums in flaxseeds become very thick. This, combined with the insoluble fiber content, makes flax seeds a natural laxative. (1,5,6)
2- Flax Seeds contain protein and essential amino acids. They may also help prevent heart disease and support immune function. (7,8)
3- Flaxseeds are one of the richest dietary sources of the omega-3 fatty acid. Because of their high content of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds promote a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, may significantly reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.(9,10,11)
4- Flax Seeds are a good source of several vitamins and minerals that are needed for optimal health, including thiamine (B1), copper, molybdenum, magnesium and phosphorus.(12,13)
5- Flax Seeds contain soluble fiber, which may promote weight loss by reducing hunger and decreasing cravings.(1,14)
6- Flax Seeds may help fight heart disease by lowering blood pressure, regulating blood cholesterol, and increasing the levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.(1,15)