Flax seed is most commonly used in Indian Kitchen. It is also widely produced in India. Today we are going through benefits flax seed in our diet.
These seeds are also known as “Alasi” in Hindi or in Marathi.
It is one of most powerful seed on the planet. And it has tonne of benefits to our body.
Flax seed is mostly used as toppings in many of the recipe’s and baking products like Biscuits, Breads, Cookies and Cakes etc. But mostly we don’t get to recognized as it is not used in original form. It may be finely powered or made into pieces.
Mainly found two colours i.e. in Brown or golden colour.
It is rich in vitamins and minerals mainly it contains high omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fibers.
Flax Seeds Nutritional Facts:
1 tablespoon of Flax Seed (i.e. 6.6 grams) contains following vitamins and minerals.
- Calories: 37
- Protein: 1.3 gms
- Carbs: 2 gms
- Fiber : 1.9 gms
- Total Fats: 3 gms
- Saturated Fats: 3 gms
- Mono saturated Fats: 0.5 gms
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0 gms
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid: 1597 mg
- Vitamin B1: 8%
- Vitamin B6: 2 %
- Magnesium: 7%
- Phosphorus: 4%
- Potassium: 2%
- Folate: 2%
- Calcium: 2%
- Iron: 2%
1 tablespoon of grounded flax seed contains 1.5 gm of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which is high compare to Fish Oil Tablet which gives you only 1 gm of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Flax Seeds Health Benefits:
Flax seed it is a plant-based food and its completely vegetarian food. Also, it is the best source for Omega-3 Fatty acids. It is completely suitable for those peoples who don’t eat Fish.
Omega-3 is very necessary for Heart, Brain, Skin and Hair etc. People who suffers from high cholesterol for them it is just like a boon. People who wants to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol for them it is very important to have it into their regular diet.
People who are already suffering with heart attack it will act as a medicine for their heart. And for them if they do not want any heart problem for in future then they can start adding this into their diet.
Adding 1-2 spoon of Flax seed into regular diet will work as medicine for heart.
After omega-3 fatty acids flax seeds are high in fibers and it will help in digestion. In any program whether is fat loss or weight gain it is necessary to absorbs nutrients in our body. So, this it helps in digestion.
Flax seeds have both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers.
Soluble dietary fibers helps in increasing consistency of the contents of your intestine and slows down digestion rate. Further it regulates cholesterol and blood sugar.
Insoluble fibers binds more water to stools and increases their bulk as this results in softer stools. This prevents constipation.
Regular adding of flax seed into our diet promotes fine bowel movement and improves digestion process.
Rich in Lignans:
Flax seeds are also high in lignans and this may help in reducing cancer risk because it contains up to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
Flax Seeds contains high quality rich protein source i.e. amino acids arginine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid.
These protein lowers cholesterol, prevents tumors, improves immunity power and promotes anti-fungal properties.
- It is also having anti-oxidant property also it is a good anti-inflammatory.
- Thus, It also helpful in diabetes because it does not have any sugar content so it is completely safe for people who are suffering with diabetes issue.
- Flax Seeds also helps in controlling Blood pressure.
Flax Seeds Side Effects:
Yes, there are some side effects of Flax seed if it is taken in overdoses, so it is necessary to consult with your dietitian because depending upon your body requirement it has to be taken.
- Allergic Reactions
- Stomach Ache