Flax seeds have been touted as a miracle food and many health experts suggest adding them to your daily diet for their wide array of benefits. Flax seeds are high in fiber and are one of the richest sources of both anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids and cancer fighting lignans! To get the most nutritional benefits, consume ground flax meal rather than whole flax seeds -- whole flax seeds are not easily broken down and pass intact through the GI system.
Many of us have loved ones who have high blood pressure and chances are they are on one or more blood pressure lowering medications. These medications come with a variety of side effects. Recent comprehensive, evidence-based studies have shown that incorporating about one tablespoon of flax seeds into your daily diet may help lower blood pressure levels. Studies looking at dietary interventions to reduce hypertension have shown that flax seeds are able to induce one of the most potent anti-hypertensive effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any potential changes to your diet or medications with your doctor.
Lignans are phytoestrogens found in various plant foods. Flax seeds, by far, have the highest concentration of lignans from a natural food source. The plant lignans are metabolized and help prevent damage to our bodies. Consumption of lignan rich flax seeds has been associated with lowering the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
Bottom line: Ground flax meal is a low-cost, super food that can easily be added to your daily diet. Adding ground flax seeds is an easy way to increase your fiber consumption, lower blood pressure, help prevent cancer-causing damage and improve overall health.
Written by: Raychel Adreani, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern. Learn more about Wellness Workdays and our wellness program offerings by downloading our brochure.
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