What is the health benefits of flax seeds?
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Flax Seeds May Improve Cholesterol
Another health benefit of flax seeds is their ability to lower cholesterol levels.
In one study in people with high cholesterol, consuming 3 tablespoons (30 grams) of flaxseed powder daily for three months lowered total cholesterol by 17% and “bad” LDL cholesterol by almost 20%
Flax Seeds Are a Rich Source of Lignin’s, Which May Reduce Cancer Risk
Lignin’s are plant compounds that have antioxidant and estrogen properties, both of which can help lower the risk of cancer and improve health
Interestingly, flax seeds contain up to 800 times more lignin’s than other plant foods
If you are a vegetarian or don’t eat fish, flax seeds can be your best source of omega-3 fats.
They are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a mostly plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (2Trusted Source).
ALA is one of the two essential fatty acids that you have to obtain from the food you eat, as your body doesn’t produce them.
Animal studies have shown that the ALA in flax seeds prevented cholesterol from being deposited in the blood vessels of the heart, reduced inflammation in the arteries and reduced tumor growth