Considered by many experts to be a superfood, flaxseed has several health benefits and can help in the weight loss process. Source of fiber, good fats and with anti-inflammatory properties, one of the highlights of the seed is its ability to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Understand the reasons:
It has omega 3 and omega 6 – These healthy fats help to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood. The seed is still rich in phytosterols, substances that make up plants and, because they have a structure similar to that of cholesterol, they compete with lipids to be absorbed.
Contains soluble and insoluble fiber – The fibers present in flaxseed bind to the fat molecules and carry them to the fecal cake, causing them to be eliminated along with the feces – instead of being absorbed by the body.
It is important to point out that the regular intake of flaxseed, even though it is an extremely beneficial food for health, does not replace treatments or medications to control cholesterol.
And, remember: the advantages present in flaxseed (as well as in other foods) have health effects when its consumption is associated with a balanced diet, containing all food groups, and the regular practice of physical activities.
In Menus for Emagrecer, the suggestion is to use flaxseeds to enrich breakfast and snacks. In the program, UOL subscribers receive five exclusive menus per week, with five meals a day.
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