Superfoods: Flaxseeds

Flax is the seed of a flowering plant native to the “fertile crescent” of the eastern Mediterranean. It is often prepared as an oil (cold pressed), a meal (ground) or just plain seeds. Flaxseed oil has gained popularity recently for its ability to manage cholesterol levels, but that’s not all it can do.

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Benefits of flaxseed include having high levels of omega-3 fats that help manage diabetes, cancer, heart disease and inflammation. A diet that is high in omega-3’s has been found to fight depression and promote proper brain function. Additionally, it has the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Copper
  • Phosphorus
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Manganese