15 Health Benefits to Consume Flax Seeds

Top Health Benefits to Consume Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are the tiny seeds with great nutritive properties. They are also called as linseeds and are small brown seeds and is known as a first cultivated superfood.

Flaxseeds are the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids that are considered as good fats and are also a rich source of Lingnan,which is plant estrogen and a powerful antioxidant. Besides this flaxseed is also a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibers.

15 Health Benefits to Consume Flax Seeds

15 Health Benefits to Consume Flax Seeds

Consume Flaxseeds about 1 tablespoon daily to meet the body daily requirement of essential nutrients. In this article, we will discuss why and how to consume flax seeds.

1.Consume flax seeds to protect yourself from cancer-

Flaxseeds are rich in Omega3 fatty acids that limit the growth of tumors and protects against breast cancer, cancer of the prostate and cancer of the colon. The good bacteria in our intestine convert t 3 Lignans, the plant estrogen present in the flaxseed into enterolactone and enterodiol. These 2 hormones reduce the risk of cancer Especially breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.

2.Consume flax seeds to enhance memory-

Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. About 5 % omega-3 fatty acids are converted into DHA that is required for proper development of the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of brain cell membranes so we should include food groups that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. DHA plays an important role in the development of the brain so DHA-rich foods should also be included in our diet.

3.Consume flax seeds to treat wakefulness-

Flaxseed is a rich source of magnesium. Magnesium acts as sleep booster and induces sleep.

4.Consume flax seeds to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders-

Flaxseeds contain alpha-Linolenic acid. The linings of the digestive tract are protected from
alpha Linolenic fatty acids. Soluble and insoluble fibers present in flaxseed improves the digestion and relieves from constipation naturally. The good bacteria present in our guts derive their food from the fibers present in flax seeds. Also, flax seeds contain gel forming water soluble fiber that is essential for a healthy gut.

5.Consume flax seeds to ease menopausal symptoms-

Lignans also called as plant hormones and has properties of estrogen. During menopause estrogen level decreases and may result in symptoms such as sweating, hot flushes, reduced sleep, dryness of vagina, etc. Lignans can be an alternative to hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms of menopause.

6.Consume flax seeds to prevent osteoporosis

also to revert the symptoms of osteoporosis.

7.Menstruating women should consume flax seeds to maintain regular cycles.

Flax Seeds

Flax Seeds

8.Consume flax seeds if you have gluten –

sensitivity- Flax seeds are gluten free. It is a great substitute for people who have celiac diseases or are sensitive to gluten.

9.Consume flax seeds to boost your immunity naturally-

Flax seeds are rich in Polyphenols that eliminate yeast and Candida from the body. Lignans present in flaxseed have anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help the body to fight against the infections and protects from common cold and flu.

10.Consume flax seeds to delay aging-

Flax seeds contain antioxidants that fight against free radicals and slows the process of aging naturally.

.Consume flax seeds to delay aging

.Consume flax seeds to delay aging

11.Consume flax seeds to reduce weight-

Add flaxseed to your diet plan as flaxseed contains good fats, is low in calories and is rich source of fiber

Consume flax seeds to reduce weight

Consume flax seeds to reduce weight

12.Consuming flax seeds to reduce the level of cholesterol-

Fat and cholesterol that is present in our digestive system are trapped by soluble fibers present in flaxseed. Even bile that is formed inside the gallbladder from cholesterol is trapped by soluble fiber so our digestive system has to excrete more bile and our body is forced to use an excess of cholesterol that is present in the blood.

13.Consume flax seeds for healthy skin, hair and nails-

Vitamin B and essential fatty acids present in flaxseeds reduces dryness and makes skin, hair and nails healthy.

Consume flax seeds for healthy skin, hair and nails

Consume flax seeds for healthy skin, hair and nails

14.Consume flax seeds for a healthy heart-

Flax seeds reduce the level of blood cholesterol. It induces hypertensive effects and dilates arteries, reduces the blood flow and thus controls blood pressure. Flax seeds contain lignans that reduce C-reactive protein that is associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Flax seeds also contain a Phytoestrogen called Secoisolariciresinol glucoside (SDG) that is anti-atherosclerotic and regresses the atherosclerotic plagues.

How to consume flax seeds:

Take whole flax seeds and grind them properly. It is best to grind flax seeds only before using it or they will oxidize. You can consume flax seeds with water, milk or curd. 2 to 4 tablespoons of flaxseeds per day is recommended for an adult. Flax seed oil and capsules are also available. But eating whole flaxseed is preferred as it contains fiber. Keep in mind do not consume flax seeds if they are raw or unripe as they may be poisonous.

Flax Seeds

Flax Seeds

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.