Flax seeds are an excellent source of fiber; one tablespoon equals 8 grams of fiber.
When first introducing flax seeds into your diet start slow due to the high fiber content. Be sure to drink a minimum of 8-eight ounce glasses of water per day and watch for bloating or digestive issues.
Flax seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3’s, which are anti-inflammatory. Flax seeds contain the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).
These little seeds pack a big punch! Flax seeds also contain lignans, which have been proven to reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
Flax seeds have been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women, and normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the luteal phase (second phase) in pre-menopausal women.
To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons.
We recommend grinding your flax at home. Pre-ground flax spoils, or oxidizes, quickly. With unground flax, the impermeable coating may make it pass right through you, and you won't absorb any of the benefits.
You may add it to cooked oatmeal, pancake, breads, smoothie and yogurt!