What is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is also known as linseed. It is a food and fiber crop. Flax plant is cultivated for its nutritional seeds from which flaxseed oil and linseed oil, is made.
Nutrients in Flaxseed
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B
There are lots of other nutritional benefits of flax such as dietary fiber, dietary minerals, phosphorous. palmitic acid and list go on.
Flaxseed is rich in fiber which plays an important part in controlling cholesterol as well as blood sugar levels.Let’s see what else does this little seed has to offer.
High in Antioxidants
Flaxseed has 70 to 800 times more lignans(antioxidant) than any other plant foods. Polyphenols – fiber present helps in anti-aging, hormonal balance and healthy cellular growth. It helps to eliminate yeast growth. They contain antiviral properties which help in strengthening the immune system.
Reduce the Risk of Cancer
It is been found that flaxseed helps to reduce the risk of cancer. Lignans found in flaxseed naturally balances the hormones, which is very important for women’s health. Studies have found that it can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease. But during pregnancy, flaxseed is not good and can have a reverse effect.
Helps in Weight Loss
Are you struggling with constant hunger, are you having troubling with your weight loss plan diet.You might want to add flaxseed to your daily food intake.
Flax has a high content of fiber and fats, helps to feel satisfied for a longer period. This means the fewer intake of calories that controls the appetite and provides a feeling of fullness in the stomach.
Because of its hormone balancing capabilities and estrogen properties, it helps menstruating women to keep up the menstrual cycle regularity.
Makes Skin and Hair Healthy
Flaxseeds have numerous benefits, one of them is having shiny and stronger hair.The ALA fats present benefits hair and skin providing with essential fatty acids and B vitamins, preventing dryness and flakiness. Try having 2 tablespoon of flaxseed oil per day for skin and hair or having flaxseed with your favorite smoothie or juice.
Low in Carb and High in Fiber
It has a high level of mucilage gum content, a gel-forming fiber that is water-soluble, it takes a long time and prevents the stomach emptying too quickly, increasing the nutrient absorption and makes you feel fuller.
How to Use Flaxseed?
One of the most common questions asked is how can you use flaxseed in our daily diet. You can use it for baking, making a smoothie, as a salad dressing etc.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to your favorite smoothie. Add milk, your favorite fruit and plenty of water so that flax gets absorbed faster in the liquid
- Add it to your favorite vegan salad.
- Bake muffins, cupcakes and cookies
How much Flaxseed Per Day?
As seen above there are various health benefits of flaxseed but according to the studies it is considered to have 1 tablespoon(10 grams) of ground flaxseed per day.
Flaxseed Oil Benefits
Flaxseed oil is produced by a process called cold pressing. Flaxseed oil has more Ala than flaxseed. High concentration omega -3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids. It boosts heart health, reduces eczema, removes cellulite, helps fight cancer. flaxseed oil has more ALA than flaxseeds. One tablespoon contains about 7 grams.
Used for various food ingredient, you can add this superfood to your daily diet.
With so many benefits and nutrients, no better time than now to grab some freshly ground flax seeds from your local grocery store today.