Flax seeds contain many benefits and can be a key ingredient to add to the diet for blood sugar stabilization, weight loss and digestive health. Flax seeds contain mainly healing compounds including alpha-linolenic acid, lignans, polyphenols, omega 3 fat oils, and are also a source of soluble and insoluble fibre.
The fibre found in flax seeds provides food for friendly bacteria in your colon that can maintain a healthy environment and help cleanse waste from your system. The fibre found in flax will help you feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss.
The insoluble fibre in Flax support the stabilization of blood sugar levels and colon detoxification. The soluble fibre content of flax seeds traps fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that is unable to be absorbed. Soluble fibre also traps bile, which is made from cholesterol in the gallbladder. The bile is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood and lowering cholesterol.
Mucilage is a gel-forming fibre that is water soluble and has incredible benefits to the intestinal tract. The mucilage can keep food in the stomach from emptying too quickly into the small intestine which can increase nutrient absorption. Lignans are unique fibre-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. These polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body.
Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. The lignans in the flax have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women, lignans have estrogenic properties. Alpha Linolenic Acid fats may also help reduce inflammation. The ALA can also help protect the lining of the digestive tract and maintain GI health. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.