Some call it the 'power food'
while some others call it a small wonder; flaxseeds are commended by
nutritionists and natural medicine practitioners from around the world. And why
not? With the many health benefits that flaxseeds have to offer, it is truly a
must have in your diet.
What's more, flaxseeds aren't just
being used today; their use dates back to the 8th century, where King
Charlemagne too, believed in the use of these tiny seeds. Read further to know
how flaxseeds could benefit you.
Flaxseeds contain 3 major healthy components that make it a rock star in the world of nutrition- Omega 3 fatty acids
, fiber and lignans. Omega 3 fatty acids
are popularly known as 'good
fats' and are thought to play a vital role in improving brain, heart and eye
function. Around a tablespoon of powdered flaxseeds contains as much as 1.8
grams of omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are also rich in both insoluble and
soluble plant fibers, which keep the digestive system
healthy. Lignans are rich
sources of both antioxidants
and plant estrogens. Flaxseeds are thought to
contain 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Flaxseeds are also
high sources of magnesium, manganese and most B vitamins.
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds can also help prevent
many major health conditions like-
- Daily intake of
flaxseeds gives you a good lignan boost which can help manage diabetes
- Animals studies
have revealed how the omega 3 fatty acids found in flaxseeds could contribute
to inhibition of cancer tumor growths. Some recent studies also prove flaxseeds
to be effective against prostate cancer
, breast cancer
, colon cancer and more.
The lignans present in flaxseeds interfere with the growth and spread of cancer
Thanks to the omega 3 fatty acid content of flaxseeds, a daily intake could
lessen your risk of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high blood pressure
inflammation, high blood cholesterol levels and other related conditions.
play a vital role in preventing inflammation that accompanies several diseases
and Parkinson's disease thanks to its lignin content.
are probably one of the most dreaded symptoms among women in the
menopausal stage. A study conducted in the year 2007 revealed that taking in
just 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds a day could lower down the intensity of
hot flashes by 57% within two weeks.