Focus on Food – Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, have multiple benefits. Flaxseeds are high in the the essential fatty acid Omega 3, lignans, fibre and protein.

Flaxseeds is the best source of omega 3 from vegetarian sources, as this nutrient is mainly found in fish. Omega 3 is essential for your brain, nervous system, immune system and reproductive system function. It helps to reduce inflammation and keep your cell membranes flexible and healthy.

Lignans are antioxidants which protect against heart disease, arthritis, cancer and other health issues. They are phytoestrogens, which means that they have a balancing effect on oestrogen levels in the body, balancing hormones and preventing disorders of the reproductive system.

Flaxseeds are high in soluble and insoluble fibre. This fibre has a lubricating effect in the digestive system, helping to relieve constipation, promote healthy bacteria levels and assists in the removal of toxins via the bowel.

Flaxseeds can be bought as the whole seed or as the oil. Avoid pre-ground flaxseed products such as flax meal and LSA, as the beneficial oils in the flaxseeds are very delicate and would have oxidised and gone rancid. Always buy flaxseeds oil cold pressed and from a fridge. Store your flaxseed oil in the refrigerator.

Make your own LSA using the recipe here.