Much has been said and heard about the wonderful properties of those tiny, brown, shiny seeds and we also agree that they are indeed a natural wonder. Also known as linseed, they are loaded with anti-oxidants, omega-3-fatty acids, essential vitamins and minerals. Apart from the seed, its oil is also an excellent cooking medium.
Let’s have a look at the important health benefits of flax seeds.
It’s a heart-friendly wonder food – brings down LDL and protects from cardiovascular disease
Flax seeds, being rich in fibres, lignans and omega-3-fatty acids are highly beneficial for the heart. It brings down cholesterol levels, prevents deposition of plaques inside arteries (a condition known as atherosclerosis) and regularises irregular heart beat.
The fibres and mucilage regularize your bowel movement, soften the stool and give you substantial relief from constipation problems. The antioxidants further cleanse your colon, prevent accumulation of toxins and free radicals and protect you from haemorrhoids. All in all it promotes intestinal health.
Flax seeds decrease chances of having colon, breasts, prostrate, and skin cancer
The lignans- secoisolariciresinol, matairecinol and pinoresinol present in flax seeds block those enzymes that trigger breasts cancer while omega-3-fatty acids and other antioxidants inhibit formation of tumours in colon and prostrate. Eating flax seeds regularly offers natural protection against skin cancer induced by UV rays.
Why do you need to take estrogen supplements or undergo hormone replacement therapy? Have flax seeds instead! It is an excellent source of plant estrogen and lignans that help you to alleviate menopausal symptom like hot flashes and night sweats, without causing any side effects.
It’s again due to the combined action of lignans, omega-3-fatty acids and antioxidants that give you protection against a wide range of infections and inflammation. This includes allergies, asthma, sinusitis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
One of the most vital effects of antioxidants is pronounced when it comes to protecting you from skin problems like psoriasis, eczema and acne. It detoxifies you internally and heals you from inflammation and allergies.
Oxidative stress is another factor that triggers diabetes and obesity. A research study published in Nutrition Research shows that “consuming flaxseed everyday improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes”
Furthermore, those who are looking for a “veg” substitute for omega-3-fatty acids can have flax seeds to meet the nutritional demand. They absolutely do not add on to pounds.
Being rich in omega-3-fatty acids, it protects your eyes and skin from drying. Vitamin B complex boosts functions of nerves and muscles. Flax seed is an excellent food for your brain as it improves memory and concentration. Thus, doctors always suggest a certain dose of flax seed to protect one from Alzheimer’s disease and Attention Deficit Disorders in children as well as adults.
However, the axiomatic rule, “too much of everything is not good” holds true over here as well. So have it in moderation to receive the right proportion of nutrition.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: November 01, 2013