Flax, the little seeds packed with health!
Those little glossy brown seeds have ample of goodness packed in them that you didn’t know of. Read on to find out how flax seeds packed with health and why should we definitely make a part of our diet!
Flax seeds are listed in the top 10 superfoods in the world!
Flax seeds are rich in dietary fiber, proteins and essential fats Alpha-Linolenic Acid which is converted to EPA and DHA – Omega 3 Fatty Acid.
Is that all? Well, there’s more! They are also rich sources of minerals like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, potassium, Zinc and, B complex vitamins and vitamin C in trace quantities. Did you know vitamins, especially vitamin C and B complex are natural mood enhancers? I guess the quote holds true then.. ‘It’s the little things that make us smile’
Flax seeds and weight loss!
One of the major benefits of consuming flax seeds is weight loss! I am sure the word weight loss itself attracted you to read further. Weight loss is a result of multiple parameters, not just one. So there are some foods that aid in weight loss. Flax seeds are one of them. Majorly, the slimming benefits of flaxseed are due to its low carbohydrates, high fiber content and high omega 3 fatty acid content.
Let’s look into the mechanism of how flaxseeds help in weight loss and giving us good health.
Flax seeds are rich in fiber and 20–40% of the total fiber content is soluble fiber (mucilage gums) and while 60–80% is insoluble fiber (cellulose and lignin).
Now, how exactly does that help?
Soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar (decreasing risk of diabetes too), cleans the metabolic waste and also promotes digestive health by feeding the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. There is a direct correlation between controlled blood sugar with weight loss because when there is a decrease in sugar levels, fat metabolism gets initiated.
Here’s a trick; when mixed with water, the mucilage gums in flaxseeds become very thick. This, combined with the insoluble fiber content, makes flaxseeds a natural laxative, prevents constipation, and helps in stomach cleansing simultaneously promoting weight loss. Also, Lecithin in flax seeds emulsifies fat and cholesterol preventing its accumulation.
Wow! isn’t that one little thing providing numerous benefits?
This little seed is also fatty! In a good way!
Flax seeds contain the most talked about and healthy omega – 3 fatty acids. may help to reduce inflammation. It thus also helps to reduce water retention in the body.
Rich in the wonder anti-oxidant lignans!
Flax seeds are rich in lignans which have both soluble and insoluble fiber. Lignans help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol, fighting inflammation, slowing down cancer growth and protect against metabolic syndrome by lowering blood levels of lipids and glucose.
Easy to consume!
Roast and ground the flax seeds to benefit from its nutrients. A tsp of ground flax seeds can be taken with any meal – simply sprinkle it on your salads, soups, yogurt, milkshakes or simply gulp the powder down with water. Another way, you can simply chew on the roasted seeds!
Having read up the amazing benefits of these seeds, do make it a part of your daily diet.