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Flaxseeds 101: The World’s Healthiest Foods

For thousands of years, Flax Seeds also commonly known as flax or linseeds, have been consumed to neutralise many diseases and health disorders. Arguably the world’s first cultivated superfood, Flax seeds have just recently made it into the mainstream spotlight owing to the massive health potential this small seed packs. Originated in the Middle East, flax seeds are extremely easy to incorporate into one’s diet. These seeds when consumed regularly help in increasing overall immunity, improving digestion, reducing the risk of heart disease, fighting cancer and even promoting muscle growth and weight loss amongst the myriad of benefits.

What more these wonder seeds don’t cost a fortune and are the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid in the world. Through this article, I am going to shed some light on flax seeds, what they are made of and how flax seeds can be beneficial for your health in more than one way.

Flax Seeds Composition

When you look at the nutritional benefits of flax seeds, there are many things that will catch your eye. One tablespoon (10.3 Grams) of Flax seeds contains:

Ingredient Amount
Calories 55.002
Water 7 %
Protein 1.9 g
Carbs 3 g
Sugar 0.2 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Fat 4.3 g
Saturated 0.38 g
Monounsaturated 0.78 g
Polyunsaturated 2.96 g
Omega-3 2.35 g
Omega-6 0.61 g
Trans fat 0
Carbohydrate 3 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Vitamin A 0 µg
Vitamin C 0.06 mg
Vitamin D 0 µg
Vitamin E 0.03 mg
Vitamin K 0.44 µg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.17 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.02 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.32 mg
Vitamin B5 (Panthothenic acid) 0.1 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.05 mg

 

Additionally, flax seeds are rich in Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese amongst several others including many powerful antioxidants such as lignans. It’s, therefore, easy to see why Flax seeds are so highly regarded and revered as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Flaxseed Benefits

Lower blood cholesterol

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Several studies have revealed that incorporating flax seeds into one’s diet can naturally help lower cholesterol levels. Flaxseeds are more effective at lowering blood pressure than any other food. Thanks to the fibre present in flax seeds, it helps prevent the buildup of plaque or bile which can clog arteries. They instead help trap the plaque, carry them down the digestive tract and excrete it. This reduces cholesterol levels in the body while helping improve the composition of blood fats.

Weight Loss

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Flax seeds are full of healthy fats and soluble fibre’s and when ingested helps make you feel fuller. This, in turn, controls your appetite, suppressing your hunger and cravings which result in you consuming lesser food while making you feel satisfied for longer. Adding a couple of teaspoons into your diet will help aid your weight loss regime.

Bone Loss

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Several studies have revealed that phosphorous-rich flax seeds contribute to bone health thus helping delay bone loss thanks to its concentration of fatty acids.

Natural Composition and Increase Immunity

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Flax seeds are completely natural and non-toxic and our bodies are capable of metabolising the plant extracts comfortably. Moreover, ALA present in flax seeds help decrease inflammation and helps infuse synergy and balance in our bodies and thereby increases our body’s ability to ward off diseases thus resulting in a better immune system and an overall healthier state of being. They also seem to have a higher percentage of antioxidants and vitamins than conventional foods which results in an improved immune system thus lowering the risk of disorders, illness and disease.

Healthy Skin and Hair

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Flax seeds can help you achieve healthier skin, hair and nails safe as they are very potent and rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins. By just adding a few seeds in your regular diet, the ALA component of flax seeds kick in, which can help reduce dryness and overall skin flakiness. Besides, it also helps in maintaining a clean system as it’s extremely effective in eradicating the impurities in your body thus improving bowel movements.

Additionally, Flax seeds oil is not only safe, effective and gentle but are also actually good for your hair as it helps your hair retain its health and vitality.Because of its higher concentration of healthy fats, it will help moisturise the scalp and nourish your hair while also preventing itches, flakes, allergies and breakage. It can also be mixed with essential oils and used as a natural skin moisturiser. By using flax seed oil for just a small period of time, you will see noticeable differences in your skin, hair and scalp.

Fight cancer

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Research has shown that flax seeds help fight cancer building cells thanks in part to its high composition of Lignans are also known as phytoestrogens which inhibit tumour growth thus reducing the risk of cancer. These lignans are especially useful for fighting colon, breast and ovarian cancer as rich in several antioxidants.

Value for Money

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Unlike expensive nutritional products which cost a fortune and are made of artificial ingredients filled with chemicals and additives, flax seeds are naturally occurring and are extremely cheap to procure from any supermarket.

Healthier

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Flax seeds are far healthier while having more nutritional superiority than most health products out there. Natural ingredients constitute a minor proportion of overall ingredients in branded products. The rest of the ingredients are made up of cheap ingredients that have no value for your skin or body. Flax seeds, on the other hand, are naturally produced by mother earth without any harmful ingredients.

High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Flax seeds are extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for maintaining optimal health. ALA present in flax seeds has a similar health benefit like fish oils. They have several advantages including improving blood platelet function and the functioning of the heart while keeping inflammation and blood pressure under check.

How to Get More Flaxseed in Your Diet

Flaxseed has a light, nutty taste. There are many great ways to incorporate these super seeds into your diet:

  1. Add a few flax seeds into your smoothie or milkshake.
  2. While baking muffins, bread and cookies, add them into the dough mix.
  3. At breakfast, sprinkle some flaxseed on your cold cereal or hot oatmeal.
  4. Add a teaspoon or two of flax seeds next time you applying mustard, cheese or mayonnaise to your sandwich.
  5. Can be mixed with water and used as an egg substitute
  6. Sprinkle liberally on salads or in soups.

Summary

Flax seeds are the new buzzword owing to the brilliance it provides in each and every department. Flaxseed is a great way to get fibre and important nutrients into your diet. It’s a great way to ensure you stay healthy without making revolutionary changes in the way you consume your food. With so many flexible ways of including them in your diet, flax seeds can help maintain overall health and wellness.

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