Flaxseeds (also called as linseeds/San ka beej, in Hindi) are a good source of healthy fat, antioxidants, soluble fibre and the best-known source of lignans. The phytonutrient is proven to be effective in treating cancer patients, especially breast cancer. Adding flaxseed to your diet is a great way to boost the intake of fibre, omega 3 fatty acids, thiamine, magnesium and copper. Flaxseeds are best consumed in raw ground form to get the best out of their health benefits.
Health benefits of flaxseeds
They contain high levels of mucilage gum. It is a gel-forming fibre that is water-soluble and has unbelievable benefits on the intestinal tract. Mucilage delays the gastric emptying time and increases nutrient absorption. Flaxseeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduces sugar craving.
2.Good for Skin and Hair
For healthier skin, hair and nails include flax seeds in your daily diet. Alpha Linolenic acid present in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as vitamin-B, reducing dryness and flakiness. It also treats acne, rosacea and eczema. Flax seeds play a vital role in eye health by reducing the dry eye syndrome.
3.Promotes Weight Loss
As per the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, flax seeds promote weight loss. Flax seeds are packed with Alpha Linolenic acid and fibre, that keeps you sated for longer and reduces the overall calorie intake.
Ground flax seeds do wonders in reducing fasting blood sugars, triglycerides, cholesterol and A1C levels. Research reveals that flaxseed can improve insulin insensitivity in people with glucose intolerance.
5. Heart Health
As per the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism adding flax seeds into your diet can naturally reduce cholesterol levels. Flaxseed may help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, regulating blood cholesterol and increasing the levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Consuming flax seeds has proven in fighting against breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research shows that lignans found in flax seeds naturally balance the hormones and helps lower the risk of breast cancer.
7.Promotes Menopausal Health
The lignans in flaxseeds exhibit estrogenic properties, helps menopausal women as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Lignans even help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and aid menstruating women to keep up their cycle regularity.