Flaxseed or linseed or flax are small brown or golden-coloured seeds cultivated as a food and fiber crop. Flaxseeds can be considered as a super food for being an outstanding source of protein and fiber and also due to the sheer number of health benefits they offer. The nutritional profile comprises of richest source of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called alpa-linolenic acid and contains a good amount of Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc.
Take a look at the incredible health benefits of Flaxseeds below.
Low in carbs and high in fiber
Flaxseeds contain a type of fiber that offer benefits for the intestinal tract. It increases nutrient absorption by keeping food in the stomach from emptying quickly into the small intestine. Flaxseeds are also high on fiber that detoxifies colon and promotes fat loss.
High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Flaxseeds contain Omega-3 fatty acid ALA that is vital for optimum health.
Aids in weight loss
The healthy fats and fiber in flaxseed can prevent continuous munching of calories by helping feel satisfied for longer. The fats also help reduce inflammation and thereby reducing the tendencies of the body to hold excess weight.
Lower cholesterol levels
The fiber content in these seeds trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system before they are absorbed. These also trap bile made from cholesterol in the gallbladder and is excreted forcing the body to use up the excess cholesterol and thus lowering cholesterol levels.
High in antioxidants
Packed with antioxidants called lignans, flaxseeds are beneficial for anti-aging and hormone balance. Lignans also are antibacterial and thereby reducing severity of colds and flus.
The omega-3 fatty acid in flax protects the lining of the digestive tract and maintains overall gastro-intestinal health. It also reduces gut inflammation and thus is beneficial for digestive ailments.
Benefits of flaxseeds are also said to fight cancers present in breasts, prostate, ovaries and colon.
For menopausal women
Lignans in flaxseeds contain estrogenic properties which can act as an alternative for hormone replacement. These also help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Hair and skin health
The omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseed help reduce the dryness and flakiness of the skin and hair. Acne is reduced while also improve the health of hair and nails.
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