Flaxseed Benefits and Side Effects

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Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is considered to be one of the most powerful plant foods in the world. Some evidence exists that points to the fact that flaxseeds can help cure cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. It also helps lower your blood cholesterol. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants. This is the reason you will find many products on the shelves that have flaxseed in them.

In this post, we look at flaxseed benefits and side effects, its nutritional facts and how to use them.

Flaxseed Benefits

Flaxseed is rich in Protein, Carbs, Fiber, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 and Calcium. These powerful vitamins and minerals help in treating different kinds of dangerous diseases like cancer, constipation, diabetes, enlarged prostate, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation of the small intestine and the stomach and high cholesterol.

Cancer Treatment

According to Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada, flaxseed has the ability to stop cancer cell growth and spread. So they may protect against breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

Nutritional Facts of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a good source of proteins, vitamins so If you want to take more vitamins and rich proteins, then you can get with only one tablespoon. You can check more details of proteins, calories, fiber etc. below.

If you take one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds (7 grams), it will have:

  • Calories: 37
  • Carbs: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 1.9 grams
  • Protein: 1.3 grams
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5 grams
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0 grams
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 1,597 mg
  • Total fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0.3 grams

Flaxseed Usage

There are different way you can consume flaxseed and make them part of your diet.

  • If you want to take real benefits of flaxseed then don’t forget to add only one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to hot or cold breakfast cereal, it will be a rich source of protein, vitamins that are helpful for your health.
  • We can easily add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to mayonnaise or mustard when making a sandwich.
  • You take 8-ounce (226.796g) Yogurt with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed then you will get a healthy snack that is rich in vitamins and protein. 
  • There are different baked goods like Biscuit, Bread, Brownie, Cake, Muffin, Cookie, Cracker, Pastry etc. You can add ground flaxseed to these goods to enhance their taste and nutritious value.

Flaxseed Side Effects

If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before consuming flaxseeds