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Bring home flax seeds (or flax seed oil) right away. You can thank us later.
FLAX SEEDS ARE A GREAT source of lignans, healthy fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and even protein. These little unassuming brown seeds pack more nutrients than you can imagine and are a great vegan alternative to meat-based proteins. Here’s all you need to know about why you must include it in your diet
RID THAT CONSTIPATION Flax seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fibre and a special fibre called mucilage, which helps maintain blood sugar levels. It is a natural laxative and keeps the digestive system functioning at optimum levels, keeping you and your bowels happy
CANCER AT BAY Lignans are natural plant chemicals with anti-carcinogenic and antibacterial properties. Flax seeds are the richest source of lignans – 800 per cent more than any other vegetable out there and can reduce the chances of getting prostate, colon and breast cancer.
VEGAN FAT Flax seeds are one of the best sources of alpha linoleic acid. This Omega 3 fatty acid enhances insulin sensitivity among muscle cells, which helps in optimum recovery post workout. What’s more, Omega 3 acids are also known as natural ‘fat burners’. It will also help in keeping you pumping those muscles as you age.
PROTEIN! 100 grams of chicken breast meat has about 25-30g protein. A 100 grams of flax seed gives you roughly the same amount of protein. Who said you cannot get protein from vegan sources? And it also helps to assimilate nutrients better in your body. Need we say more?
MINERAL MINES Flax seeds are abundant in a variety of nutrients. Zinc, iron, vitamin E, carotene, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silicon, copper, nickel, chromium and cobalt. You can always ditch your one-a-day multi-vitamin supplement and get some flax instead.
BODYBUILDER’S DREAM Flax seeds are important as your pre-workout supplement because they boost your performance, reduce recovery time as well as muscle soreness, provide energy and also increase utilisation of oxygen in the body. What is the end result of all this? More muscle!