Flaxseeds rank 9th in polyphenol content (an important group of antioxidants) among the 100 most commonly eaten foods. Among these commonly eaten foods, researchers now rank flaxseed as the #1 source of lignans in human diets which are unique fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits, fiber-like benefits. Flaxseeds contain about 7 times the lignans as the closest runner-up (sesame seeds). They contain 338 times as many lignans as sunflower seeds, 475 times as many as cashew nuts and 3200 times as many lignans as peanuts.
Flaxseeds have also been shown to have cardiovascular benefits in that ALA can help protect the blood vessels from inflammatory damage. It has also been linked with cancer prevention since they reduce inflammation and even low level inflammation and chronic oxidative stress are risk factors for cancer development. Flaxseed helps reduce cholesterol too and can even help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Add a teaspoon to your favorite recipe, cereal, smoothie or bread/muffin mix.