Need more fibre? Add linseed to your diet

Linseed, or flaxseed, can improve your health in many ways. Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains its benefits, in our Trendy Nutrients A – Z series

‘Linseeds, also known as flaxseeds, have high levels of fibre – both insoluble and soluble,’ says Healthista’s nutritional director Rick Hay.

‘There’s 3 grams of fibre in just one tablespoon of flaxseeds; this makes up 8% of the daily recommended intake for men and 12% for women.

‘This can help lower gastric emptying; in simpler terms, it means that it helps to keep you fuller for longer and helps you with nutrient absorption.’

‘Flaxseeds are also packed full of essential fatty acids, and in particular alpha-Linolenic acid, which is especially good news for vegetarians or vegans.’

‘This acid helps with skin moisturisation and also has benefits to brain health and potential benefits to the heart.’

A study, conducted by the department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, found that, out of 3,638 people, those who ate more ALA had a lower risk of heart attack than those who were consuming less.

‘You can add flaxseeds to smoothies or juices or cereal. You can also buy it as part of superfood powders.’ Try Naturya ‘Breakfast Boost Seed Crunch’ £6.99 from the Healthista Shop.

Looking for a nutrient powder that contains linseed? Try a scoop of the Healthista ‘Glow Food‘ nutrient powder.


Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk


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