If you can only take an extra 30 seconds to support your health every day, you should take flaxseeds.
(And then we should chat about how to make more time for yourself and your health)
But in the meantime, here are 7 reasons why flaxseeds are the MVP:
- They are the richest source of dietary lignans, and by a long shot. Some studies say flaxseeds have 100x more lignan content than the next closest contender!
Lignans are a group pf polyphenols found in plants. They are phytoestrogens, which sounds like a lot but basically means they act like a weaker version of the body’s own estrogen. This is a GOOD thing!
When an estrogen and a phytoestrogen walk in to a bar (aka, an estrogen receptor site) the bartender can’t tell which one is the real deal. If the phytoestrogens take up all of the seats, your body’s estrogen has nowhere to sit ! So, it take a lap of the bar, gets saved by a friend, and goes somewhere else for happy hour (aka, circulates in the body and is eliminated with urine).
Flushing out excess estrogen helps manage hormonal conditions like PCOS, uterine fibroids, menopause symptoms, and severe PMS. It also reduces the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
- They’re a non-perishable egg substitute in baking. To replace one whole egg, mix 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp of water, and set aside for 10 minutes to thicken before adding to your favorite quick bread or cookie recipe.
3. Their high fiber content and slick consistency help keep things… *ahem* regular.
4. Flaxseeds can help soothe sensitive skin from the inside out! In a randomized, double-blind, 3 month study women who took 1/2 tsp of flaxseed oil daily experienced less reddening when exposed to skin irritants and better improved texture/hydration.
5. Consuming it daily has shown to reduce blood pressure levels as well as some antihypertensive drugs, with no negative side effects.
6. They’re mild-tasting, and imperceptible when tossed it a smoothie.
7. Regular consumption can lower LDL cholesterol levels because flaxseeds also contain phytosterols (the knockoff version of your body’s cholesterol that causes the same blocking action as phytoestrogens).
There’s just one catch…
Make sure your flaxseed is GROUND!
Nature does a great job of packaging all flaxseed’s nutrients into an efficient package, but it’s so good that our bodies cannot absorb all the goods if it’s consumed whole.
Are you ready to start consuming more flax?
Connect with me on Instagram @snackwithsara so I can share with you some of my favorite ways to bake it, blend it, and shake it into your day! (Dancing along is optional, but highly encouraged.)
PS: I usually get my ground flaxseed online or from Trader Joe’s. It’s on my list of current Trader Joe’s favorites, available here!