Most people can add flaxseeds to their diet and it will only improve their health. BUT… there are some people, with certain conditions, who should not. I am not a health professional, and it’s best to always ask a doctor before making big dietary changes. Anyone taking regular medications, and women who are pregnant, have to be especially careful of their diet.
For the rest of us who want easy, healthy additions to our diet, flaxseeds are a perfect choice. They come packaged as ground meal, or in whole seed form. BUT..they must be ground before eating to be of benefit. Or eat them as a snack by chewing on the little seeds. Believe me, doing that gives your mouth a workout. If you find yourself wanting something to chew on, try the whole seeds.
For my personal use, I buy whole seeds and then I use a coffee grinder, similar to the Quiseen One-Touch at Amazon, to grind small amounts of my whole, golden flaxseeds. They stay best when stored in the refrigerator, so I keep the bag of whole seeds in there with the container of ground meal. Each day I try to use as much of the ground meal as I can, by adding it to omelets, smoothies, yogurt, soup, salads, or any meal. It doesn’t contribute a lot of taste, and is more like finely ground nuts. I never use a lot of it at once, but I aim for the 2 spoonfuls a day total.
Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds a day can be of great benefit to health. Flax seeds are full of fiber. Adding just a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal each day to food and / or drinks provides added fiber to the diet. Fiber helps lower bad cholesterol, and keeps us regular.
They also contain lignans, and I surely didn’t know what those were. But the Bob’s package explains that they are natural antioxidants. Broccoli contains lignans, and you know how we are always being told to eat lots of broccoli. Well, flax seeds contain more! The Bob’s package claims that only 2 tablespoons of flaxseed has as many lignans as 30 cups of fresh broccoli! That is impressive.
It doesn’t mean we can stop eating broccoli, but you can see how beneficial including flaxseeds in the diet can be.
Flaxseed is a powerful source of the plant version of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid). Flaxseed oil is another way to get the benefits, but I’m not sure you will get all the same benefits as with the seeds. I don’t use flaxseed oil, so I can’t give an opinion.