Flaxseed can improve your general health in several ways. Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan explains five ways flaxseed can improve your general health.
How can flaxseed improve my general health this summer?
When it comes to looking after your health and nutrition this summer, adding a daily helping of Linwoods flaxseed to your diet can help to give you the edge. It is simple to incorporate into many different dishes, from adding a boost to overnight oats to a nutritional topper on summer curries.
Choose your favourite Linwoods milled seeds and get into the habit of having a little every day.
Here are five benefits of a daily Linwoods habit and how flaxseed can improve your general health
Helps to maintain your energy levels
If your energy levels start to dip mid-afternoon, or you could do with a little boost in your day, add some Linwood’s milled seeds to your breakfast bowl. The protein and fibre in a 20g portion may help to sustain your energy levels throughout the morning. Adding a spoonful of Linwood’s milled seeds is a lovely way to include some magnesium, too – a nutrient essential for energy production within our cells that can be deleted under stress.
It helps keep your digestion regular
When we head off on holiday or are out of our daily routine, digestion can sometimes be slightly off. If you tend to be more constipated when your daily routine is rocked by the summer holidays, try adding Linwood’s milled seeds into your diet daily.
You should soon notice a difference; the combination of soluble and insoluble fibre can help to soften stools and make bowel movements a little easier. Take it with a glass of water or herbal tea for best results, as the soluble fibre needs fluid to work on your digestive tract.
Supports strong and healthy muscles
Most of us know that we need protein for strong and healthy muscles, but did you know that you also need magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc and B vitamins too. If you are upping your exercise or focusing on fitness this summer, adding these nutrients to your diet will help you get the most from your training.
Getting a food-based protein supplement is always best, as this will provide a better balance of synergistic nutrients. Try adding Linwood’s milled seeds into smoothies with some natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and your favourite milk for a tasty way to support healthy muscle function.
Regulates your appetite
Linwood milled seeds are a great way to add a natural source of protein and a healthy balance of fibre, vitamins, minerals and essential omegas to your day.
Including a balance of protein, fibre and healthy fats at each meal can help you to feel fuller for longer, reduce cravings and support blood sugar and insulin balance. This makes it much easier to make healthier choices, and you’ll probably have less appetite for snacks between meals.
Supports hormone balance
Flaxseed is a great source of plant-based phytoestrogens, called lignans, that have been shown to have a gentle balancing effect on oestrogen, so it may help support symptoms of PMS, peri-menopause and female hormone balance.
Linwood products naturally contain other nutrients important for female balance, such as magnesium, B6 and zinc.