The seeds of most plants are rich in nutrients and provide us with health benefits. The uniqueness of flax seeds is that it has three nutrient aspects, and all three play a key role in providing us the outstanding health benefits of this food. The first one is Omega 3 fatty acids, the second is plant estrogen and anti oxidants (lignans) and the third is fibre (both soluble and unsoluble). Recently, we have seen many new food items being added to our list of diet. Flax seeds are one of them. Though they have been there for thousands of years, only through recent studies we have come to know of their medicinal value and innumerable health benefits.
While cooking you must watch that the nutritional value is not lost. Include flax-seed oil in your diet and avail all the wonderful health benefits to lead a long and happy life.
■ Flax seeds increase the digestive power and also help give energy to the body.
■ These produce heat in the body which is helpful in giving relief to colds and coughs during rainy and winter seasons.
■ These seeds contain fibre, vitamins, minerals and proteins in abundance. Proteins help in proper growth of the body. Due to high fibre content colon health is maintained and bowel movement is free.
■ Flax seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the chest, prevents heart ailments, joint pains, asthma, diabetes and many types of cancers.
■ Anti-oxidants in flax seeds purify the blood, give glow to skin and hair. These anti-oxidants protect the body from many diseases.
■ Flax-seed oil protects the skin from diseases like eczema, dandruff and also protects the delicate skin from going dry, suntan and prickly heat.
■ The phyto-estrogens in these seeds help fight post-menopausal symptoms in women. Those women who suffer from severe stomach pain during the menstrual cycle can get relief with the help of these seeds.
■ By chewing one teaspoon of flax seeds you can get rid of stomach-related problems and peptic ulcers.
■ Flax-seed oil works better on age-related wrinkles on skin than artificial creams. The Omega 3 acids in flax seed help keep the skin soft, smooth and wrinkle free.
■ Flax-seed oil also gives relief from migraine pain, asthma and allergy.
■ Flax seeds help maintain the beauty of nails. If you regularly take flax seeds, the body gets required amount of fatty acids which in turn protect the nails from cracks, dryness, brittleness etc.
■ Antivirus, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in flax seeds protect women in many ways especially from breast cancer. The harmful effects of estrogen hormones in women are considerably reduced by the fatty acids in flax seeds.
■ These seeds help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. These Omega 3 fatty acids also help in mental relaxation as well as concentration.
■ One tablespoon of flax-seed oil a day will be enough to give required dose of essential fatty acids and obstructs the signs of old age. They also prevent the blockage of pores and redness of the skin.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna