In today’s world, everyone is becoming health conscious day by day. Instead of hogging on junk food, people are more interested in including healthy stuff in their diet. So New Age Lifestyle is here with one more health food to give you that perfect healthy lifestyle.
Today we will talk about the advantages of having flaxseed. Flax is a fiber crop grown in the cooler regions of the world. Linen material of clothes is made from flax. The seeds of the flax plant are known as flaxseeds. They are basically of two varieties – brown and golden or yellow.
Let us discuss the advantages of flaxseed :
Gives Healthy Skin and Hair
Flaxseeds contain ALA fats (alpha-linolenic acid) and B-vitamins which reduces dryness and flakiness of the skin. It also improves symptoms of acne, rosacea and eczema. Hairfall which occure due to hormonal imbalance and stress can be cured by flaxseed because they contain lignans which helps in battling high levels of estrogen, thereby maintaining balanced hormonal levels.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Flaxseeds helps in reducing the level of cholesterol by 6 to 11 % according to the recent studies. The fiber and lignan present in flaxseed, binds with the cholesterol-rich bile acids and carries them down the digestive tract. The fiber content traps fats and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it cannot be absorbed.The soluble fibers present in flaxseed traps bile which is made from cholesterol in gallbladder. Bile is then excreted through the digestive system using the excess cholesterol present in the blood.
High in Anti-Oxidants
Flaxseeds contain lignans that provide antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and health of the cells. Lignans are fiber related polyphenols that supports growth of probiotics in the gut because of which the yeast and candida are eliminated from the body. Lignans also have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties because of which cold and flu are prevented.
Helps in Controlling Blood Pressure
According to a research, the systolic blood pressure was reduced by 10mmHg and the diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 7mmHg if flaxseeds were included in the regular diet of a human being. This in turn also helps on reducing the risk of strokes.
Boosts Digestive Health
Flaxseeds prevents diarrhea and constipation. Insoluble fibers present in flaxseeds adds bulk to the digestive waste because of which constipation is relieved. Soluber fibers present in flaxsedd dissolved with the water in the digestive tract causing bulk of the stool because of which diarrhea is prevented. ALA fats (alpha-linolenic acid) in flaxseeds protects the inner lining of the digestive tract so that the gastrointestinal health is maintained. Flaxseeds are good for people suffering from Crohn’s disease and it also provides food for the good bacterias in the colon.
Good for Diabetes
Research shows that 10-20 gm of flaxseeds if taken regularly for 1-2 months will reduce blood sugar upto 19% in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Helps in Preventing Cancer
Flaxseeds prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. Lignans present in flaxseeds can be easily converted into esterolactone and enterodiol by the intestinal bacterias because of which a balance is created in the hormone producing breast cancer. It also reduces serum levels sex hormones in female who are over-weight.
Promotes Weight Loss
Flaxseeds contains soluble fibers which becomes sticky when mixed with water in the body. This fiber is effective in suppressing hunger and cravings because of which weight loss takes place.
High in Fiber but Low In Carbs
Flaxseeds contain a high a level of mucilage gum content which is a gel forming fiber. It is soluble in water. It can keep food in the stomach from getting emptied too quickly in the small intestine so that nutrient absorption is increased by the body. Flaxseeds contain 20-4-% soluble fibers and 60-80% insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers helps in controlling blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol levels, whereas insoluble fibers helps to add bulk to the digestive tract because of which it becomes easier to move things through quickly in the digestive system.
Flaxseeds are gluten-free. Gluten containing grains are inflammatory in nature. Hence, you must replace items with gluten in your diet with flaxseeds. Gluten-free diet is helpful for people suffering from Celiac disease or for people who are having gluten-sensitivity.
Helpful in Menopausal Symptoms
Flaxseeds contain lignans which is used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because of its estrogenic properties. Flaxseeds also help in reducing osteoporosis. Period cycle regularity is also maintained. It also prevents hot flashes amongst post menopausal women.
Fights Against Liver Diseases
100mg supplementation of flaxseeds in regular diet intake could be very beneficial in reducing liver diseases because of the presence of lignans in flaxseeds.
People who are depression suffer from lower levels of docosahexaenoice and eicosapentanoic acids which are usually found in fish, walnuts and flaxseeds. Therefore, intake of flaxseeds helps in reducing depression.
Protects from Radiation
Flaxseeds protects the skin tissues from getting damaged due to harmful radiations. Flaxseeds are strong components of antioxidants, therefore, it acts as a mitigator and protector against radiation pneumonopathy.
High Content of Omega – 3 Fatty Acids
Flaxseeds contain ALA fats (alpha-linolenic acid), a type of omega – 3 fat. 20% of the the ALA converts to EPA and 0.5% of the ALA converts to DHA which the two major omega – 3 fats. Omega – 3 fatty acids are good for heart health like blood platelets function, inflammation and blood pressure. It also reduces inflammation of arteries, lowers risk of heart attack and helps in preventing chronic kidney diseases.
So people, what are you waiting for. Go grab some flaxseeds from the stores and start including them in your regular diet.
Stay fit and healthy.