- They promote women's health - they contain lignans which help balance oestrogen levels in the body. Lignans alter the way your body metabolises oestrogens turning them into safer forms. Flaxseeds have a balancing effect on the menstrual cycle and are high in folate - important in preconception.
- They promote digestive health - they contain insoluble and soluble fibre and help regulate bowel movements.
- They are the most concentrated plant source of omega 3 fatty acid - heart healthy, anti-inflammatory and good for strong bones.
Buy them ground or ideally grind them yourself before serving (unground will pass straight through you and you'll miss out on the benefits).
How to serve flaxseeds:
Sprinkle on muesli, porridge, yoghurt, soups, casseroles (once cooked) or bake them in your bread. Try adding them to your smoothie. You’ll love their nutty flavour! Start slowly with 1 teaspoon and build up to 1-2 tablespoons a day.
Organic, cold pressed flaxseed oil is a good source of anti-inflammatory omega 3 but to benefit from the fibre and the lignans you need to eat the ground seeds.
It's definitely worthwhile making flaxseed part of your Stellar eating plan.