Ask any guy who’s serious about his health, and he’ll promptly tell you that an active lifestyle goes hand in hand with a proper diet. One way to maximize your efforts in the gym and in the kitchen is to ensure you’re always getting enough quality protein. Something else that could help, yet often overlooked, is fiber. Flaxseed is a quality source of both important dietary staples, and is available through supplement tablets, as well as in ground and oil form. However, its status as a protein and fiber source is far from its only benefits. We’ve compiled a list of the six best benefits of consuming flaxseed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in three Americans (68 million) has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. A normal blood pressure reading is 120 over 80. If you consistently exceed these numbers, visit your physician. According to Greek researchers, flaxseed oil should also be able to help. In their 12-week study of 59 middle-aged men, they discovered that flaxseed oil consumption resulted in significantly lowered blood pressure readings. Consider adding flaxseed oil to your diet and you may be saving yourself –literally– from the headaches associated with hypertension.
2. Skin Cancer
Do you dream of having a tan that would make George Hamilton or Snooki jealous? Nothing helps you look younger and highlights muscle quite like a tan, but there’s always a skin cancer risk. Forget indoor tanning. Research has proven just how damaging that is. If you’re lucky enough to be in a warmer climate, and the sun worshipper in you can’t be contained, apply sunscreen. Be smart and also consume flaxseed. Omaha researchers found that mice receiving 10% flaxseed supplementation were able to reduce melanoma tumors by as much as 63%.