Flaxseed is a rich source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber. The seeds contain protein, lignans, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.
The nutrients in flaxseed may help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. For this reason, it is sometimes thought of as a functional food, a food that can be consumed to achieve health purposes.
Flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world.
· Flaxseed has long been thought to offer health benefits.
· It contains fiber, fat, protein, and various minerals and vitamins.
· These nutrients may offer protection against cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems.
· Consuming ground flaxseeds enables the body to absorb the nutrients more effectively.
· The therapeutic and beneficial properties of consuming flaxseed are not yet completely understood, and there is little evidence from high-quality research to confirm its benefits.
· However, it contains nutrients that may help prevent a number of health problems.
· Possible benefits include helping prevent cancer, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, and protecting against radiation.