Similar to chia seeds, flaxseeds are also an important source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid.
However, omega-3 fatty acids are mainly contained in the husks of flax seeds, which are not easy to digest. Therefore, grinding the seeds when eating will provide maximum benefit.
There is a variety of nutrients contained in 1 ounce (28 grams) of flaxseeds:
- Fiber: 7.8 grams
- Protein: 5.2 grams of
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.1 grams
- Omega-3 fats: 6.5 grams
- Omega-6 fats: 1.7 grams
- Manganese: 35 of the RDI
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1): 31% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 28% of RDI
Flaxseeds also contain many different polyphenols, especially lignans, which play an important role as antioxidants in the body.
Lignans, as well as the fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseeds, can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease. [*]
In addition, flaxseeds can also help lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes. [*]