The flat, oval, glossy and pointed at one end are FLAX SEEDS, quite popular in vegetarian diets. These have versatile uses and they are kind of food that can be added to almost anything. They are like the baseline of our healthy body and food. Though they have been known to world from thousand years, but with its increasing popularity, flax seeds are in the spotlight for its number of health benefits and easy to use and easy availability reasons. Flax seeds are something that are truly healthy constituent of an ideal diet and are recommended by all physicians to consume on a regular basis. Its better to crunch on them than crunching on the haldirams or other snacks when you get a craving. Just adding some amount of flax seeds in the food you eat can improve your heart health, helps to control your weight, fights against cancer, increases immunity and many more healthy perks.
Flax seeds are equipped with many nutrients and that’s why they have achieved such stardom. Flax seeds are high in soluble and insoluble fiber and also contains a good amount of Vitamin B-6, Vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, folate. Flax seeds also include phytochemicals, having many powerful antioxidants called Lignans which have cancer fighting properties. Flax seeds are also a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have 50 -60% of plant version of omega-3 called Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a key to fight inflammation. Flaxseeds are very low in cholesterol and sodium, what makes them all the more better. If you are a vegetarian, it is specifically a very good source to meet protein requirements in your diet. The flax seeds can be used whole or grounded or as oil. To reap the most benefits of it, it should purchased in ground form or ground before consumption. The super awesome benefits of this wonder food are listed below:
Fights against Cancer: Many studies show that flax seeds play a major role in providing protection against cancer. They are beneficial to prevent the growth of cancerous cells because of the presence of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans which are thought to inhibit the tumor growth. Consuming flax seeds on a regular basis can help in protecting against Prostate, Colon, and Breast cancers. They are actually very safe and are associated with a protective effect on cancer.
Improvement in blood sugar: It has been proved in studies that consuming flax seeds, in regular manner help in maintaining blood sugar levels, and also prevent in having diabetes. It helps the people having type 2 diabetes to lower their blood sugar levels.
Increases Immunity: People who include flax seeds in their diet and everyday food, are known to have better immunity as it contains ALA, which decreases inflammation and allows our immune system to function better. Some researches have also shown that flaxseed can help in relieving autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Lowers Cholesterol: Consumption of flax seeds provides us with cholesterol-lowering benefits. The soluble fiber, which is present in them is known to lower cholesterol, which in turn helps to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart attack stroke or high blood pressure. But if you are a regular taker of flax seeds, you can prevent this.
Improves digestion: The flax seeds can improve your bowel movement and prevents constipation as they have good fiber content. Thus, they help in improving your digestive health.
Some easy-to-try eating tips for flax seeds:
So, now you have ground flax seeds, it is very easy to use them as they go well with almost anything liquid or solid. Just sprinkle a little amount on anything, be it yoghurt or milk, or buttermilk, your fruit smoothie or your coffee or your breakfast cereal. You can add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to the mustard or mayonnaise or jam that you spread on your bread. Add them to tomato sauce or to your meatballs or meatloaf. Its tasty to sprinkle on salads or soups. This way, you can have sufficient amount of flax seeds and can enjoy the benefits. But yes, eat in moderation is the key.
Little Caution about Flaxseeds:
Even though, flax seeds have so many health benefits, but there are some minor precautions which should be taken. People who are suffering from bowel obstruction or inflammatory bowel conditions should avoid taking flax seeds as they have laxative effects. Also, pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding should avoid taking flax seeds in their diet and be on the safe side, because of its estrogen- like properties which doctors believe may affect pregnancy outcome. If you are taking medication, consult your doctor before taking flax seeds.
They may be a tiny small thing, but they are filled with big and unlimited benefits. Because of this they are given so much of importance. Enjoy them as they taste good too, they aren’t bitter or bad tasting, rather they are bit salty and crunchy. Go on, have a tablespoon of flax seeds or just sprinkle it on anything and enjoy your food with extra added and overloaded benefits. So, yes! Flax seeds are poised with Nutritional Superstar!
Happy Eating. Happy Life.