Flax seed is also known as the Linseeds, come from flax plant. Some people called Flax seed as the ‘functional food”, which means a person can eat it to boost his health. These small shiny seed are loaded with Omega-3- essential fatty acid, lignans, poly unsaturated fatty acid, fibre, choline, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, copper, potassium. Flax seed taste little nutty and comes with earthier flavour. Flax seed comes across in brown and golden varieties. Flax seed is also a wonder food for children. Flax seed can be enjoyed with smoothies, baked muffins and cookies, salads, soup, sandwich and energy bar. These days we all are more accustomed with junk food habit and go on an unhealthy binge throughout the day. It’s not a bad idea to start our day with a healthy natural superfood, loaded with essential fatty acid, fibre and proteins. Flax seed also has the benefit that it makes the people feel less hungry, that way you can also cut down your every day calorie, thereby helping you losing weight. It is also low in starch and sugar content and hence lower in calorie.
Flax seed is also packed with protein, omega -6 -fatty acid, selenium, iron, zinc, calcium, folate. Flax seed comes with number of health benefits like lowers the blood sugar level, helps to maintain blood pressure level, keeps the heart healthy and prevents against certain kind of cancer. Consuming grounded flax seed with plenty of fluid, helps to improve digestive problems. Uses of Flax seed in Ayurvedic medicine comprise of, maintaining skin’s pH balance, prevention from chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, atherosclerosis and promote overall health. You should also keep in mind, that the nutrients of the flax seed is not beneficial for everyone, like people who are using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, pregnant and breast feeding, cholesterol lowering drug, hormone sensitive breast and uterine cancer.
Flax seed comes with good amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of plant-based omega-3 fat, a type of fat that our body can’t produce of its own. Intake of ALA, lowers the risk of heart diseases. Flax seed enriched diets help lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol by up to 18%, and triglyceride levels by up to 11%. Insoluble fiber packed in the Flax seed lowers the risk of the breast and colon cancer and when it comes to anti-oxidant, Flax seed have the upper hand. Almost 15 times higher level of lignin than other seed helps to fight certain kind of cancer. The soluble fiber helps to minimize hunger and craving, as the soluble fiber become sticky with water, it slows down the digestion and increase the feeling of fullness and thus aids in weight loss. Common side-effects associated with poor digestion includes constipation and diarrhea. The high fiber content of Flax seed helps in relieve both constipation and diarrhea. Flax seed has the natural ability to reduce the blood pressure and thus lowers the risk of the stroke and other heart diseases. Flax seed is a great source of plant-based protein and is rich in the amino acids glutamic acid, aspartic acid and arginine. So, consuming Flax seed can compensate with a great deal of protein intake when you are not consuming animal protein and helps restoring hormones in the gut and aids to feel full, which might result in eating less at the next meal.
BENEFITS OF FLAX SEED
Ø Rich in anti-oxidant, especially lignans
Ø Rich in two type of dietary fiber, soluble (20-40%) and insoluble (60-80%)
Ø Helps to lower ‘LDL’ bad cholesterol level
Ø Comes with the natural ability of lowering blood pressure
Ø Flax seed protein helps to improve the immune system
Ø Insoluble fiber in the Flax seed helps to lower the blood sugar level