Flax is a humble but powerful seed as shown through its relatively modest status in the health world, even though it has been heralded as a key component in the Budwig Diet and many other life-saving protocols. It’s a tough job to stand up to the new kids on the block like hemp seed, but flax holds it’s own and can stand up to any of its competitors for practicality and health benefits.
Take heed of this pioneer and what it can do for you and your health.
The nutritional profile of flax
Flax is a bounty of nutrition and the key to unlocking its benefits is to consume it in ground or oil format or to steep it in hot water as a tea. Regardless of which way you choose to use it (there are some ideas below), when you consume flax, you can expect to flood your body with the following nutrients:
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), most notably omega 3s (ALA)
- Protein (18 percent of total volume)
- B-vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9)
- Vitamin E
- Manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and selenium
- Dietary fiber
- Plant lignans (antioxidants)
So what does the combination of these amazing nutrients do for you? Turns out, it does a lot.
The health benefits of flax
Flax has a multitude of health benefits. Some of the most significant improvements you may notice include:
- Supports good digestive and colon health (including healthy elimination)
- Supports healthy cholesterol levels
- Promotes healthy skin and hair
- Supports weight management
- Supports healthy immune system function
Bottom line, using flax on a daily basis beautifies you, inside and out.
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