Flax Seed is gradually emerging as a superfood because of its many health benefits based on scientific research. Flax seeds are brown-coloured tiny seeds with a smooth surface and is a powerhouse of nutrients.
Flax Seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 and has every other reason to be termed as a wonder seed. It is also a detox agent that eliminates harmful toxins from the body. Flax Seed in India is known as Alsi ke Beej. Most people are still not aware of their many benefits. Let’s take a look.
Rich source of omega-3 fats
Fats are needed in our body as much as proteins and vitamins. Omega-3 serves as a source of good fats. They are found in abundance in fatty fish but if you are a vegetarian, then flax seeds are your best choice. It helps to regulate your blood pressure levels and is a good natural supplement for people suffering from hypertension. The ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) in flax seeds prevents deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels of the heart. It reduces the risk of heart attacks.
Omega-3 also reduces inflammation that leads to conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, Asthma, and migraine.
Improves digestive health
Flaxseed is very rich in dietary fiber and it acts as a natural laxative. If you have long been suffering from constipation and medicines do not seem to help, add flaxseeds to your everyday diet routine. It can also improve the digestive system of the body as it helps in the optimal absorption of nutrients.
Lowers risk of cancer
Flax seeds have compounds called lignans that inhibit the growth of cancer cells and improves overall health. Lignans have powerful antioxidants and estrogen properties that can prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and other forms of cancer. Flax seeds contain 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
Contain high-quality protein
Flax seeds are a very rich source of plant-based protein that has proved to have anti-fungal properties, improve immune function, lower cholesterol levels and prevent tumour growth. If you don’t eat meat, this can be your natural fix of protein.
Flax seeds reduce levels of insulin and hence lower blood sugar levels. It has been found that those who are diabetic have been able to reduce their blood sugar levels by 8-20% by regular consumption of flax seeds.
Promotes weight loss
Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber that boosts weight loss. But you must also check your diet which must be low in calories to lose weight.
Beneficial for women’s health
Flax seeds are said to regulate hormone production in women and restore hormonal balance. It is also believed to improve the chances of fertility and helps menopausal women with uncomfortable symptoms.
Side effects of Flax seeds
You must have flax seeds in moderation. Children should limit their flax seed intake to 1 teaspoon while must not have more than 1 tablespoon. Too much of flax seeds have side effects like diarrhea, flatulence and stomach ache.
Add to your good health by having a spoon of flax seeds daily.