Benefits of Flax Seed

When you hear a health product touted in the media, it is difficult to know what to believe. Often outrageous claims are made by people who are trying to sell the product, so their motivations are suspect. Flax seed is a rare product that lives up to the hype. Flax seed is one of the most nutrient dense foods available.

A one ounce serving of flax seed is three tablespoons, and it contains 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. A serving of flax seed provides over 30% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B1, manganese and magnesium. It also contains more than 10% of the recommended daily allowance of phosphorus and selenium as well as significant amounts of Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, Copper and Zinc.

Flax seed is gluten-free and high in antioxidants. It offers a surprising combination of high fiber and low carbohydrates. Flax seed offers an impressive array of benefits, including weight loss, lowering cholesterol, promoting healthy skin and hair, promoting digestive health, easing the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of cancer.

Flax seed helps skin and hair by providing essential fats that reduce dryness and flakiness and ease the symptoms of acne, rosacea and eczema. For women, flax seed has particular benefits, helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It can help maintain cycle regularity, and it has even been used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women.

Consider adding ground flax seed to your soups, salads and smoothies as part of your weight loss plan. Since flax is full of healthy fats and fiber, it will help you feel satisfied longer so you can avoid overeating. Flax seed also reduces inflammation which is valuable because inflamed bodies tend to hold on to excess weight.

Evidence shows that flax seed is effective in fighting cancer, particularly breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer. Flax seed helps protect the lining of your digestive tract, and it benefits people suffering from Crohn’s disease.

If you have struggled with weight loss, perhaps it is time for you to consider professional help. If you would like to determine whether you are a candidate for robotic bariatric surgery, contact us at Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute, 375 Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, FL. Dr. Velarde has over ten years of experience in bariatric surgery, and he is fluent in both Spanish and English.