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FLAXSEED AND ITS BENEFITS

February 19 2021

FLAXSEED AND ITS BENEFITS

FLAXSEED AND ITS BENEFITS

For centuries people have known the health benefits of flaxseeds and that's why it has acquired its name Linum usitatissimum which means the most useful. Researchers have found flaxseed as a superfood due to the health benefits it offers. Let's find out how beneficial are the flax seeds and why they should be taken.

Flax seeds are rich in numerous nutrients

So there are two types of flax seeds. One is brown and the other is golden. Both of them have equal nutritional properties. Flax seeds are one of the oldest crops. In just one tablespoon of flaxseeds, you will gain a huge amount of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fibres. Not only this, flax seeds are a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well. The omega 3 fatty acids, fibres and lignans constituted in the flaxseeds offer the most health benefits. 

Flax seeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fats are an essential nutrient for our body. Usually, non-vegetarians get it by eating fish. However, here is good news for all the vegetarians. Flax seeds can be the best source of omega 3 fats for all of you. It contains alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega 3 fatty acid.

Now the ALA that is alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid meaning that your body doesn't make it on its own. You have to provide it to your body by the food you eat.

You might be wondering how useful this essential fatty acid ALA is. Well, research shows that ALA in flax seeds prevent the deposition of cholesterol in blood vessels. Besides, it also reduces the growth of tumours. 

A study was done which involved 3638 volunteers and it was found that people who consumed ALA were at lesser risk of heart attack than those who did not consume it. Apart from this study, a larger study also showed that ALLAH was linked to a lower risk of stroke.

Hence we can conclude that flaxseeds being a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids keeps your heart healthy and is linked to a lower risk of stroke.

Flax Seeds reduce the risk of cancer

Lignans present in flax seeds reduce the risk of cancer due to its antioxidant and estrogen properties. What's more fascinating is that flax seeds contain 800 times more lignan than other plant foods. 

The study has found that women who consumed flax seeds were at a lower risk of breast cancer. Well, this doesn't mean that men won't benefit from the flax seeds. Another study comprising 15 men volunteers showed that men who consume flax seeds were at lower risk of prostate cancer when compared to those who did not include flax seeds in their diet. 

Various animal studies have also been done that suggest that flax seeds can reduce the risk of colon and skin cancer as well. So it is evident that flax seeds are a valuable food that can help fight various cancers.

Flax seeds as a rich source of dietary fibre

Just a single tablespoon of flax seeds nourishes you with 3 grams of fibre. Also, it contains two types of fibre: soluble (20-40%) and insoluble(60-80%). Both these fibres together help in better bowel movement.

Soluble fat is believed to help in the regulation of blood sugars and lower cholesterol. It decreases the digestion rate by increasing the consistency of content in your bowel.

Whereas the insoluble fibre helps to prevent constipation by allowing more water to bind to the stools and increasing in their bulk. Hence it is highly beneficial for those who have irritable bowel syndrome. See how much fibre is packed in just a tiny seed that improves your digestive health. 

Flaxseed lowers cholesterol

A study has found that if 3 tablespoons of flaxseed powder are consumed daily then it can help in lowering the bad cholesterol by about 20%. In another study, it was reported that if diabetes patients consume 1 tablespoon of flaxseed daily then it will help them to increase the food cholesterol that is HDL by 12%.

It is believed that the fibre in flax seeds bind to bile salts which are then excreted firm to the body. And now to replenish these bile salts, cholesterol is pulled from the blood into the liver and hence reducing the cholesterol levels in your blood. Isn't it helpful for those who are aiming to reduce their cholesterol levels?

Flax seeds lower blood pressure

A study has found that if flax seeds are taken daily for six months, then it can reduce the systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 10mmHg and 7 mmHg. 

So if you have a complaint of high blood pressure, then flax seeds will prove to be quite useful in lowering blood pressure 

Flaxseed contains high-quality protein

Here's another reason to have flax seeds. Flax seeds are a rich source of plant-based protein. It is rich in amino acids like arginine, glutamic acid and aspartic acid. 

You might be worried that a spoonful of flax seeds won't satisfy your hunger. And then you might think of cutting back on meat. Then wait,  a study has found that there is no difference in terms of appetite or satiety between animal protein meal and plant protein meal.

It is believed that both plant and animal protein meals stimulate hormones in the gut leading to a feeling of fullness. 

So if you don't eat meat, flax seeds can be your alternative source of protein.

Why go for Alvizia flaxseed oil?

Flaxseed oil is extracted from flax seeds. Flax seeds can be used in various ways. For instance, you can use it as a whole or can use it in a crushed form or maybe in the form of capsules containing its oil. As discussed above flaxseed oil comes with several benefits. Flaxseed oil is considered beneficial in diabetes and various heart diseases.

It's easy to add flaxseed or flaxseed oil to your diet as it's a versatile food ingredient. So grab some flax seeds from your local store or check out the alvizia's flaxseed oil capsules.

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