Health Benefits of Flaxseed
High in Omega-3 Fats
As a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), using flaxseed is a great plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.
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.
Rich in Dietary Fiber
One tablespoon of flax seeds contains 3 grams of fiber, which is 8–12% of the daily recommended intake for men and women, respectively (2).
In fact, flaxseed contains two types of dietary fiber, both soluble (20–40%) and insoluble (60–80%), which naturally results in more regular bowel movements.
Packed with Protein
Great source of plant-based protein
One tablespoon of ground flax seeds contains the following (1):
- Calories: 37
- Protein: 1.3 grams
- Carbs: 2 grams
- Fiber: 1.9 grams
- Total fat: 3 grams
- Saturated fat: 0.3 grams
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.5 grams
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0 grams
- Omega-3 fatty acids: 1,597 mg
- Vitamin B1: 8% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 2% of the RDI
- Folate: 2% of the RDI
- Calcium: 2% of the RDI
- Iron: 2% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 7% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI
- Potassium: 2% of the RDI