Here are the 5 health benefits of flaxseed!

Verified on 09/25/2023 by PasseportSanté
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Rich in fiber, vitamins and omega-3s, flaxseeds not only add a pleasant nutty flavor to our dishes, they’re also very good for your health. Here’s an overview of their many benefits!

Flax is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years, mainly by the peoples of Central Asia, the Greeks, the Gauls and the Egyptians. Appreciated for its anti-inflammatory properties, it was soon used to relieve inflammatory pains such as coughs, bronchitis, gastritis, sciatica, gout and cystitis, whether in oil or seed form. Today, flaxseeds have made a comeback in our diet, appreciated above all for their nutty flavor that enhances many dishes. An excellent source of minerals, vitamins and omega-3s, they are also ideal for soothing everyday ailments and preventing certain serious illnesses. The proof is in the eating!

They fight cardiovascular disease

Thanks to their high fiber content, flaxseed significantly improves cardiovascular health. In addition to their positive effect on cholesterol, lowering LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels and boosting HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol), they also reduce blood pressure. They are also recommended for diabetics, as they help reduce blood sugar levels.

They prevent certain cancers

Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of flaxseed in preventing certain cancers. In the case of breast cancer, for example, several research studies have confirmed the link between daily consumption of around 30 grams of flaxseed and a reduced risk of developing this disease, especially in post-menopausal women. However, these results require further investigation. They are also thought to limit the progression of cancer cells in men with prostate cancer. These anti-cancer properties are due to their high content of lignans, a family of phytoestrogens that act in a similar way to estrogens, the female hormones.

They’re good for vegetarians

If you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet, flaxseeds are ideal for compensating for any deficiencies, particularly in iron and protein. To do this, we recommend eating at least one tablespoon of flaxseed every day.

They improve skin health

Rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that improves the health of mucous membrane and skin cells, they help combat premature aging of the skin. In fact, flaxseed stimulates the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, including hyaluronic acid. As a result, they prevent the appearance of wrinkles and plump up skin tissue. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to relieve irritation and redness, making it a valuable ally in cases of acne or psoriasis.

They improve digestion

Do you suffer from digestive discomfort? Try flaxseed, which can be ground or crushed and mixed with water (three teaspoons in 150 ml of water). This fiber-rich beverage (soluble and insoluble) will help you improve your intestinal transit, notably by combating constipation. The drink also has slimming properties, as it promotes a feeling of satiety, so you can resist the urge to nibble!