Flaxseed meal is ground flaxseeds. You can make it yourself by pulsing the seeds in a coffee or spice grinder, or you can purchase the meal already made. Flaxseed meal is well-known for its high omega-3 fatty acid content, a nutrient that supports brain development and heart health. Flaxseed meal is also a source of over a dozen vitamins and minerals, including potassium.
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Potassium is a mineral that supports cell, tissue and organ function. It helps you maintain proper fluid and mineral balance and assists in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates. Muscles need potassium for growth and repair. Too little potassium can lead to irregular heartbeat and even stroke.
Potassium and Flaxseed Meal
Many foods contain potassium, and flaxseed meal is one of them. A 1-tbsp. serving of flaxseed meal provides 57 mg of potassium, about 2 percent of the daily value. Flaxseed is not considered a high-potassium food – defined as a food that contains 200 mg of potassium or more per serving. Bananas, raisins, sweet potatoes and lentils are examples of high-potassium foods.
Along with potassium and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed meal is a source of seven of the eight B vitamins. It also provides you with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. In just 1 tbsp. of flaxseed meal, you get 2 g of fiber, which supports digestive health and can help lower your cholesterol.
To benefit from the potassium and other nutrients in flaxseed meal, blend it into smoothies or sprinkle over cereal. Add orange juice to your smoothie or blueberries to your cereal to increase the potassium content. You can also add flaxseed meal to baked goods. Flaxseed meal also mixes well into yogurt, which offers 398 mg of potassium per 6-oz. serving.