Flax seeds are small oil seeds that contain omega-3 fats, fiber, and other plant compounds, which help, reduce the risk of heart disease and in turn help improve digestion. Also known as common flax or linseeds, flax seeds are usually brown or yellow.
Nutritional facts about Flaxseeds
Per 3.5 ounces of flaxseed, flaxseeds contain 534 calories. According to researchers, 10 grams (one tablespoon) of whole flax seeds provides,
- Protein: 1.9 grams
- Calories: 55
- Carbs: 3 grams
- Sugar: 0.2 grams
- Water: 7%
- Fat: 4.3 grams
- Fiber: 2.8 grams
Health Benefits of eating Flaxseeds
Some illnesses come along with inflammation, which can be very bad for the body. So eating flax seed is very important because, Flaxseeds contain ALA and lignans, which are nutrients, which help, reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses. An example of an illness that comes along with inflammation includes asthma. Equally, according to researchers, flaxseeds can help prevent heart attack and stroke, which are common issues we have in society today. This is so because flaxseeds contain omega-3 nutrient which helps the cardiovascular system to normalize its heartbeat and eradicate anything that could be a worry. It is good to note that, diets rich in flaxseed omega-3s help prevent the hardening of the arteries and keep plaque from being deposited in the arteries.
To conclude on the health benefits, it is very important to add flax seeds to your diet at least once a week but notes that eating something in excess can have side effects.
Side effects of eating flaxseeds
To begin, ground flaxseed contains a lot of fiber, and as health lovers, we know that fiber is good for the body, but if consumed in excess, or if you rapidly increase your fiber intake, you are very liable to have bloating and digestive problems. Also, according to some doctors and researchers, pregnant women shouldn’t eat flax seeds because they have slight effects on hormones. Pregnant women should avoid flax seeds or in case you doubt, it is advisable to seek your doctor’s opinion before consuming it. Lastly, if you are suffering from kidney issues then it is advisable to seek your doctor’s opinion before eating flaxseeds.