Are Flaxseeds beneficial to your health?
Flaxseeds have numerous health benefits and are one of the richest plant-based sources of omega 3 fatty acids. A superfood with a history that dates back to 3000 BC when it was popular in Babylon, flaxseeds are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals ensuring it still remains popular today and is a ‘must-have’ for the health-conscious in Sri Lanka and across the world alike! Keep reading to discover the unique benefits flaxseeds offer to your skin, hair and overall health!
Flaxseeds Lowers Cholesterol
Flaxseeds lowers cholesterol with it’s high fibre content which binds to bile salts and excretes it from your body. Cholesterol is then pulled from your blood to replenish these bile salts and this process results in the lowering of cholesterol levels.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan that does not consume fish? Don’t worry, flaxseeds are a great plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids and are particularly rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which plays a big role in the prevention of cholesterol deposits in blood vessels of the heart. It also reduces inflammation in your arteries and recent studies have shown that it lowers the risk of strokes too!
Flaxseeds Reduces Risk of Cancer
Something that’s often missed is flaxseeds are a highly effective cancer-fighting food as it contains lignans, plant compounds that have antioxidant and estrogen properties- both of which are believed to play a role in reducing the risk of cancer! Several studies have shown that flaxseed which contains 800 times more lignan than other plant foods, when consumed regularly, reduces the risk of tumour growth and is believed to be most helpful for the reduction of breast cancer, prostrate cancer and endometrial cancer.
Flaxseeds Supports Good Digestive Health
Containing a significant amount of dietary fibre, just one tablespoon of flaxseeds contains 3 grams of dietary fibre which constitutes 8-12% of the recommended intake of men and women respectively.
Flaxseeds contain two types of dietary fibre - soluble and insoluble, and together this duo of dietary fibre makes a great natural laxative and is commonly used a natural remedy for constipation by fermenting with bacteria in the large intestine resulting in the bulking of stools which leads to more regular bowel movements.
Flaxseeds is also highly beneficial for weight loss as the soluble dietary fibre content slows down digestion which gives the feeling of being full for longer and controls your appetite too.
Flaxseeds Controls Blood Sugar
The insoluble dietary fibre content is believed to make flaxseeds a great addition to the diet of those suffering from diabetes. The insoluble fibre content of flaxseeds is shown to slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream and reduce blood sugar levels too- very helpful for those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
To conclude, flaxseeds are rich in nutritional goodness and offer so many health benefits from improving digestion and supporting weight loss to reducing blood sugar, lowering the risk of cancer and much more. You can either choose to use flaxseeds or flaxseed oil, but the maximum benefit especially in improving digestive health would come from flaxseeds.