Is Flaxseed Good for You?

By Polly Conner
May 20, 2021

Is flaxseed good for you? Heck ya!

Is it easy to get more flaxseed into your diet? Heck ya!

I hope this post helps you to add a little flax into your life. Your body will thank you.

Flaxseed on a spoon

What is Flaxseed?

Flaxseed is a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world. Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. Fun fact: In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it (source).

Most nutritionists recommend using ground flaxseed instead of whole (source). It is easier to digest this way and honestly, it’s a lot easier to include in everyday recipes and freezer meals when it’s ground up. I usually find it in the baking goods section of the grocery store near the yeast, cornmeal, flour, etc.

ground flaxseed

Benefits of Eating Flaxseed

Lets move on and talk about why flaxseed is so good for you!

  • Flaxseed is rich in beneficial fiber.
  • Flaxseed is high in Omega 3’s (which is good to add to your diet if you don’t eat much fish!)
  • It is used to improve digestive health.
  • It can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  • Flaxseed is an excellent source of two fatty acids that are essential for human health – linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
  • It helps reduce inflammation (which can be a significant factor in conditions such as migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.)
  • It fends off dry eyes.
  • Protects bone health.

There are lots of other benefits to flaxseed but I’ll stop there. I think you get the picture. It’s crazy good for you.

(source, source)

flaxseed facts

Easy Ways to Add Flaxseed to Your Diet

Thankfully flaxseed is fairly tasteless and can be easily added to everyday foods. Here are some practical ways you can use it.

Recipes that Use Flaxseed

If you’ve poked around our recipe index, you’ll find that quite a few recipes use flaxseed. Here is a round up of some of our recipes that include flax seed. Enjoy!

flaxseed recipes

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5 replies
  1. Lisa says:

    I have heard different postings that flaxseed meal needs to be refrigerated. On the package that I got it does not say to refrigerate. What is the best way to keep it fresh and how long does it last.

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    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lisa. From my experience over the years, it’s best to keep it in the fridge or freezer (even better!). I have kept it for months that way. We go through flaxseed pretty fast around here, so I often keep it on the pantry shelf for weeks, too. Hope that helps some.

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  2. Gail says:

    Thank you for the information on flax seed. I knew I needed to add it to my diet but was not sure how to use in in main dishes other than desserts.

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