Flaxseeds have been big in the natural health world in recent years. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent heart disease. And they are a great source of fiber and help fight inflammation.
New research shows that flaxseeds may also be a powerful weapon against obesity and diabetes.
The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Researchers examined the health effects of flaxseed after it is broken down in the gut.
They divided mice into four groups. Each was fed a different diet…
- A control diet consisting of 4.6% soy-derived fiber.
- A high-fat diet with no fiber.
- A high-fat diet plus 10% indigestible cellulose fiber.
- A high-fat diet plus 10% flaxseed fiber.
The mice were kept on these diets for 12 weeks. Then the researchers took samples from the rodents’ large intestines.
The team found that mice on the no-fiber diet had lower levels of gut bacteria that contribute to obesity and diabetes. They also had fewer beneficial fatty acids and high levels of a bacterium linked to body fat.
In stark contrast, the flaxseed group had a healthier, more balanced mix of gut bacteria. And they had less weight-gain compared to the other groups.
The scientists concluded: “Our data suggest that flaxseed fiber supplementation affects host metabolism by increasing energy expenditure and reducing obesity as well as by improving glucose tolerance.”
In other words, flaxseeds help burn more calories while fighting weight gain and diabetes.
Flaxseeds Are Easy to Add to Your Diet
Flaxseeds are easy to get from online retailers or health-food stores. If you have the choice, get them in ground form or grind them yourself. They’re easier to digest that way.
They are extremely versatile… You can add them to smoothies, breakfast cereals, salads, soups, and casseroles.
Experts suggest consuming between one and five tablespoons (10 to 50 grams) daily.
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