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The Benefits of Adding Flax Seeds to Your Diet

Flakes have a mild, nutty flavor, and they’re often added to cereals, pancakes, muffins, breads, meatloaf, meatballs, and even yogurt. Flax is abundant in essential fatty acids and is an excellent source of fiber. While you can buy flaxseed oil, it’s best to get your nutrients from whole foods whenever possible. Here are some of the benefits of adding flax seeds to your diet.

Flax Seeds Are Nutrient Dense

Flaxseeds are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E. They’re also a good source of protein and fiber. Just one tablespoon of flaxseeds contains:

  • 2 grams of protein
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 20% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for magnesium
  • 13% of the RDI for potassium
  • 10% of the RDI for vitamin E
  • Small amounts of calcium, iron, and zinc

Flax Seeds May Help Lower Cholesterol Levels

LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in your arteries and lead to heart disease. HDL cholesterol is known as “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from your arteries. Research has shown that flaxseeds may help lower LDL cholesterol levels while simultaneously raising HDL cholesterol levels.

In one study in 60 men with high cholesterol, those who took 30 grams (about 1 ounce) of ground flaxseeds per day had lower LDL cholesterol levels at the end of the four-week study than those who didn’t consume flaxseeds (27).

Another study showed that flaxseed supplementation improved both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in women with breast cancer (28).

Flax Seeds May Benefit Digestive Health

Both animal and human studies have shown that flax seeds may enhance digestive health. One study in rats showed that flaxseed supplementation increased stool frequency (29).

Additionally, a study in 133 people with constipation found that taking 28 grams of milled flaxseed per day increased stool frequency compared to a placebo (30).

What’s more, another study showed that taking 30 grams or 50 grams per day led to softer stools (31). These findings suggest that flaxseed meal may act as a gentle laxative. However, more research is needed in this area.

In Summary:

Including Flax Seeds in Your Diet Has Many Potential Benefits If you’re looking for a nutrient-dense food that may also offer some additional health benefits, look no further than flake seeds . These tiny seeds are packed with fiber , protein , vitamins , and minerals . Additionally , eating flake seeds has been linked to lower cholesterol levels , improved digestive health , and cancer prevention . You can easily add them to your diet by sprinkling them on cereal or oatmeal , adding them to smoothies or baked goods , or using them as a healthy substitute for breadcrumbs . Give them a try today!

Suggested Usage: NOW Real Food® Organic Flax Seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, and they’re often added to cereals, pancakes, muffins, breads, meatloaf, meatballs, and even yogurt.

Due to its fiber content, flax should be consumed with plenty of water.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 tbsp (31g)

Servings Per Container: About 15

Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 150

Total Fat 11g 14%*

Saturated Fat 1g 5%*

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%*

Sodium 5mg <1%*

Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%*

Dietary Fiber 8g 29%*

Total Sugars 1g

Includes 0g Added Sugars 0 0%*

Protein 6g

Vitamin D 0mcg 0%*

Calcium 73mg 6%*

Iron 4mg 20%*

Potassium 258mg 6%*

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Ingredients: Organic Flax Seeds.

Naturally occurring fatty acids (example) (per serving)†

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Alpha Linolenic Acid) 6.2 g (6,200 mg)

Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Linolenic Acid) 1.8 g (1,800 mg)

Omega-9 Fatty Acids (Oleic Acid) 2.1 g (2,100 mg)

†subject to natural variability

Fresher ingredients simply taste better, which is why this product is packaged using NOW Fresh Fill Technology to maximize flavor and freshness.

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Packaged in a peanut-free facility that processes tree nuts.

Packaged and quality tested in the USA.

Certified Organic by QAI.


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