Flax seeds are one of
the rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds are known as Alsi in Hindi. Read on to know more
about the health benefits of flax seeds and the ways in which the flax seeds
can be consumed.
Flax seeds resemble sesame seeds in
appearance but are slightly bigger in size. Flax seeds are known as Alsi in Hindi. They have a hard but
smooth and shiny outer shell. The colour of this seed ranges from deep amber to
reddish brown. It has a warm, kind of nutty and earthy flavour.
Flax is not a grain, however some of it
nutritive properties are better than that of regular grains. In terms of
quality and content it is far richer than majority of other food grains because
of high content of fibre, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
The purpose of this article is to highlight
the health benefits of flaxseeds and provide information on how to use
Flax Seeds Health Benefits
Let us have a quick look at the health benefits of flax seeds.
Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Flax seeds are an excellent
source of Omega-3 fatty acids. This is useful to regulate blood pressure and
control inflammation. It is particularly beneficial for people suffering from
Sugar Regulator - Flax seeds are known to decrease
insulin resistance and help in regulating the levels of blood sugar. In fact
the Lignans present in flax seed can also prevent diabetes.
for Weight Watchers - Flax seeds are very low in
carbohydrates and suitable for people intending to limit their intake of starch
and sugar. It is 100% vegetarian and can be used as an egg substitute in baked
for Women - Research has indicated that flax seeds
are useful to improve the chances of a woman conceiving
a baby. It helps to regulate ovulation process and restore hormonal balance
in the body. For women in the post menopausal stage it has been known to
protect cardiovascular disease.
in Various Nutrients - Flax seeds are rich in
vitamin B complex, magnesium and manganese which are all very useful to lower
Digestion - Being rich in fibre these seeds act as
Carcinogenic Properties - Increased levels of Lignans
present in flax seeds help in protecting against cancer of the breast and
How to Use Flaxseed
easily be mixed with other foods since it hardly has a flavour and is very mild
in taste. It is an excellent substitute for vegetable oils. The seeds can be
eaten raw by mixing it with salads, cereals
It can also be popped like popcorn. The seeds can be combined with fruit juices
and smoothies without altering the taste of flavour of the fruit.
Here are some
of the different ways in which flaxseeds can be used.
Grinding Flax Seeds- By
consuming ground flax seed you can derive maximum health benefits from it. For
grinding simply put the seeds in a blender or a coffee grinder. Mix the
powdered seeds in any recipe of your choice in moderate quantity.
Seeds - Flax seeds can be boiled with soups and hot
cereals. However, very small quantities must be used for boiling since excessive
use of seeds can produce a kind of slime and a weird taste.
Seeds- Raw flax seeds give a soft crunch and nutty
taste to foods. However when eaten raw it must be chewed thoroughly failing
which it will get ejected from the body undigested. This essentially amounts to
eating the seeds without deriving its nutritive benefits.
Flax seeds are indeed wonder seeds. However, it is not advisable to
consume it in large quantities or by people suffering from allergies of any
kind. You must always start eating a small quantity of the seeds to begin with.
Half or a quarter teaspoon will suffice for experimenting initially.
You must watch out for a few days and look for signs of allergic
reactions or other gastrointestinal problems which the seeds may cause after
consumption. In case you do not notice any adverse side effects you can
gradually increase the intake of flax seeds up to two tablespoons a day.