Flaxseeds can be a healthful addition to the diet and might help with weight loss. However, they may not be suitable for everyone. People cultivate flax for food and fiber, using its fibers for linens, its oils for wood finishing, and its seeds for food and nutrition. It is also commonly known as linseed. Flaxseeds have beneficial health effects, but some safety concerns surround them. Read on to find out what the research says, how to use them, and who should not take them.
Research suggests that the bacteria in a person’s gut (the microbiome) interact with compounds that are present in many plant foods and may positively influence health and weight. Flaxseed contains some of these beneficial compounds, including:
- omega-3 fatty acids
Excerpted from Medical News Today