The World Health Organization recommends to countries across the world with low health indexes to launch as many campaigns on healthy diets as possible. They found healthy eating habits to be the common denominator for the countries with the healthiest population.
Every meal in these countries included essential fatty acids in some form or another.Important thing to know is that these fatty acids are not produced by the body itself-they have to be taken on the mouth.
The good is in the numerous health benefits such as reducing cholesterol, depression, arthritis and so forth.Nutritionists say that the direct source of essential fatty acids is seafood but in countries like India, where a large part of the population are vegans, a popular alternate source of these essentials is flaxen seeds.
What is the composition of flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds or linseed are abundant in vitamins, minerals, fibers, omega-3 fatty acids but their main component is lignan. Lignan has plant estrogen as well as antioxidants- flax contains up to 800 times more lignan compared with other plant foods.
For centuries these seeds were used in healing purposes that is preparing medicines. Besides treating ailments, flaxen seeds give the benefit of a healthy youthful skin and glowing hair.
Why women benefit most from consuming flaxseeds?
Due to their plant estrogen-lignan flax seeds are equivalent to hormone therapy and can treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, including reducing the risk of breast cancer occurrence and reoccurrence.
Since these seeds are a concentrated source of fiber, they have a strong anti-inflammatory potential.Nowadays all good beauty creams already include plenty of anti-oxidants and plant estrogen in their ingredient list.
A woman’s hair is, traditionally, her crowning glory. So when that luscious mane suddenly fades, replaced by tired strands, panic sets in. And among the best remedies for this are exactly flaxseeds.
Also if you want smoother and healthier skin opt for no other tonics or lotions.The fatty acids in flaxseeds draw water into skin cells, keeping them supple and hydrated. There’s more in flaxen seeds for those who want to go on a weight losing spree too.
Being low in carbohydrates and high in omega 3 fatty acid, flaxseeds, when taken with any meal, convey the message of fullness in the stomach. Search for no better way to reduce that growing waist line!
More health benefits of flaxseed
Their high fiber content helps reduce cardiovascular diseases
They ensure orderly functioning of the intestines and balance blood sugar level
The alpha lineoic acids in flaxen seeds keep the body safe from colon cancers, arthritis , asthma and diabetes
They elevate mood and lower depression
They help treat flaky skin, eczema, psoriasis, alopecia and dandruff
Recipes for a healthy you
You will not be able to reap the benefits unless flaxseeds are taken in the ground from, cooked or as oil. Whole flax seeds will not be easily digested.
Flaxseed tea is quick and easy to make and it has a very soothing and calming effect especially on a sore throat.To make this tea pour one liter of boiling water over three tablespoons of flaxen seeds,then leave the mixture to stay overnight.The next morning strain the mixture and consume 150 ml of the tea,three to four times a day, and half an hour before every meal.This will keep your colon healthy and regulate your body weight effectively. Bear in mind to drink lots of water when you include flaxen seeds in your diet since they are rich in fiber.
Baking with flaxseeds is a yummy and healthy way to incorporate the goodness of flaxen seeds into your diet without compromising on its taste
Grounded flax seeds can always be added to smoothies, cereals and juices
Flaxseed oil could be used for tastier salad dressings and toppings
flaxseed porridge can be made by pouring boiling water over flaxen seed meal and then by adding dried fruit and salt to it.
Who should not take flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds laxative properties makes them bad for people with diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
Women with conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids, and breast, ovarian or uterine cancer should avoid flaxseeds
Child-bearing women also should not consume supplemental flaxen seed, as it could stimulate menstruation or cause other hormonal effects that might be harmful to the developing baby
Those suffering from kidney and liver ailment need to stay away from flaxseeds
Although flaxseeds are a natural rich source of vitamins and minerals, the dosage should always be discussed with your physician. Credit:dietoflife.com