Flax seeds for better digestion
Flax seeds are probably one of the oldest cultivated superfoods, dating back to ancient times. At that time, flax was grown mainly for its fibre, but it was soon discovered that eating flax seeds and oil has a beneficial effect on digestion and has many other positive effects.
Flax seeds can be eaten in three ways: as whole seeds (not recommended unless they are very small), as seed oil for cooking, or as ground seeds as an addition to dishes.
How do flax seeds support the digestion?
Ground flax seeds are easily digestible and also contain many substances that further help the digestive system. Whole seeds are harder to digest, thus the availability of nutrients is greatly reduced. So in the case of eating whole seeds, you can lose quite a few positive effects of flax seeds on your digestion and overall health.
First and foremost, dietary fibre contributes to better digestion. It is important to consume them regularly to ensure proper bowel function, reduce inflammatory diseases and help maintain a healthy colon and the entire digestive tract. For adults, the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre is 18g. 30g of flax seeds contains 9g of dietary fibre.
The oils and Lignans in flax seeds also have a positive effect on digestion, as they “lubricate” the digestive tract and are, in combination with fibre, the best natural remedy for constipation.
What are the other benefits of flax seeds?
Flax seeds are also an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, and definitely the best plant source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), containing 6.3 mg of ALA per 30 g serving. Omega 3 fatty acids are generally known to help regulate the cholesterol levels and thus help prevent modern civilizational diseases.
Lignans in flax seeds have an antioxidant effect, which helps protect all cells in the body and prevents premature cell aging. In addition, polyphenols promote the growth of probiotics, therefore help eliminate yeast and candida in the digestive tract.
Besides that, Lignans also have a beneficial effect on hormones, as they have estrogenic properties. They help prevent problems that occur at menopause and can be used as an alternative therapy to hormonal therapy.
How to consume them?
Add 1-3 tsp. of flax seeds daily over the breakfast porridge, to your favourite smoothie or yogurt, over salad, or add them into the bread dough.
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