Flaxseed Benefits, Tips and Ways to EatBy fitnessroar - 30 May 2019
Flaxseed is the most popular superfood as it contain omega-3 fatty acids along with antioxidant substances called lignans that help promote hormonal balance. This powerful medicinal foods can protect against dozens of life-threatening health conditions. Read on to know more health benefits of flaxseed
Rich in Omega 3
If you are a vegetarian or don’t eat fish, flax seeds can be your best source of omega-3 fats. Studies have shown that the ALA in flax seeds prevents cholesterol from being deposited in the blood vessels of the heart, reduces inflammation in the arteries and reduced tumor growth.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that flaxseeds and walnuts may improve obesity and support weight loss.Since flax is full of healthy fats and fiber, it helps you feel satisfied for longer. This means you may wound up eating fewer calories overall, which may lead to weight loss
Just one tablespoon of flax seeds contains 3 grams of fiber, which is 8–12% of the daily recommended intake for men and women, respectively.
In one study in people with high cholesterol, consuming 3 tablespoons (30 grams) of flaxseed powder daily for three months lowered total cholesterol by 17% and “bad” LDL cholesterol by almost 20%.
Helps in Diabetes
Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly can improve blood sugar (as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes).
Reduce menopausal symptoms
Flaxseeds are great for women’s health, regular consumption may help reduce menopausal symptoms and can also help tackling irregular periods and menstruation-linked discomfort
- Tips for using Flaxseed
- Pregnant women and possibly breastfeeding mothers should not supplement their diets with ground flaxseed.
- The best place to store flaxseed is the freezer.
- Flaxseeds, when not chewed properly, can go undigested.
- Be aware that flaxseed acts as a blood thinner, so if you’re taking any blood thinners you should avoid flaxseed consumption.
How to eat
- You can roast it and mix a mixure of pumpkin, sunflower and flax seed for munching.
- You can add it in the smoothie.
- Bake into muffins, cookies and breads.