These little guys have quite an impressive history. Not only do they come from one of the oldest fiber crops cultivated in the world (we are talking way back, all the way to King Tut), Charlemagne demanded his subjects eat them in the 8th century because he believed so strongly in their health benefits!
Both varieties, golden and brown, have a similar nutritional identity. They are an excellent source of fiber, which improves digestive health and keeps everything moving (if you catch our drift). Not to mention they are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are key to a happily pumping heart. Flaxseeds are also rich in lignans, a type of phytoestrogen high in antioxidants that help to catch free radicals in the body.
Research indicates that flaxseeds help to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and fight against prostate, colon, and breast cancers. The omega-3's present are believed to disrupt malignant cells from clinging to healthy cells in the body. Plus, because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they protect against radiation from the sun.
Whatever your preference (whole, ground, or pressed into oil), try and add these puppies into your diet. We love tossing on a spoonful into our cereal, on top of a hot bowl of oatmeal, or even sprinkled onto yogurt! They have very light nutty flavor and are so small they pretty much disappear. Cheers to a healthy week, readers!