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Top 5 Benefits of Flaxseed

“Why flaxseed?” is a question we get when people first learn about Malibu Mylk. By now plant-based alternative milks are not hard to come by, but so many lack vital nutrients, contain chemicals, or aren’t allergen friendly. Flaxseeds help improve digestion, skin, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, hormone balance and the list goes on! Superfood is basically an understatement for this miracle seed. I’m going to summarize the Top 5 benefits of Flaxseeds, so you can fall in love with them just like I did!

1. High in Fiber
Just one tablespoon of flax seeds contains 3 grams of fiber. And if you didn't already know why fiber is so important, it helps promote regular bowel movements and feel fuller for longer. Flax contains soluble and insoluble fibers, which is how it slows down your digestion rate and bulks stool. Leading to that long lasting fullness and regular bowel movements.

2. High in Antioxidants (Lignans)
Flaxseeds are packed with antioxidants, but one that is particularly important are Ligans. Flaxseeds are rich with ligans! These are a type of antioxidant that help reduce free radical damage, which help prevent aging, promote hormonal balance, and have cellular-regenerating effects. Due to the powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties in lligans, certain studies have shown that lignans are cancer fighting.

3. High-Quality Protein
Flaxseeds are a great plant-based protein option, with a comparable protein profile to soybeans. They are extremely high in amino acids arginine and glutamine. The addition of one tablespoon of flax gives you 2 g of protein!

4.Help cardiovascular health
It’s amazing how much flaxseeds do for our heart health! They help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. Due to their omega-3 composition they help lower triglycerides and reduce inflammation. It’s no question that flax is good for your heart.

5. Flaxseeds are full of Omega-3s
Omega-3s are something we must consume through food and while fish and particularly wild fish are the best sources of EPA and DHA omega-3s, flaxseeds contain the largest vegan sources of the omega-3 ALA. It’s a little tougher for your body to convert ALA, so that means you need a lot of it!

Flaxseeds have been being harvested and consumed for thousands of years and it was only a couple decades ago that they started to shine due to their ability to fight heart disease and other illnesses. Now they are consumed and loved by many, powering and energising our bodies to work to their best ability!

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