Flax Seeds – Big Benefits in Small Packages

Flaxseeds are also known as Alsi Seeds or linseeds. The seeds have a hard, smooth, shiny shell and are yellow or reddish brown in color. They are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain amino acids, zinc, potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, lecithin, proteins lignans (Group of chemical compounds found in plants) and fiber.

Considered highly nutritious, the many health benefits attributed to them include a reduction in blood glucose and cholesterol levels, weight loss, healthy skin, healthy hair, improvement in cardiovascular health, improved immune system, cancer prevention, better digestion, improvement in asthma and migraine, and improved hormone balance.

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Benefits of Flax Seeds:

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