Flax seeds are tiny brown seeds that pack a lot of health benefits you you might not know about. Being a seed, flax seeds are a primary source of the good fats or the omega 3 fatty acids to be more specific.
Flaxseed contains various vitamins such as E, K, C, B groups. It is also rich in minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
Recent research has shown that the consumption of flaxseed reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, digestive disorders, etc.
Let’s take a look at top 5 scientifically proven health benefits of Flax seeds –
1.Fights Cancer and aids Diabetes treatment:
Flaxseeds are rich in lignans that offer powerful antioxidant effects. They may reduce risk of certain types of cancers and aid in diabetes treatment due to its high fiber content.
2.Helps maintain cholesterol level: Regular consumption of flaxseeds can help reduce bad cholesterol. Soluble fiber also prevents bile, which is made of cholesterol in the gallbladder.
3. Lowers high blood pressure:
Being rich in Alpha-linolenic acid, flaxseeds help prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels,
reduces inflammation of the arteries and slows down the growth of tumors.
4. Promotes Weight Loss:
Flaxseed may be useful in managing weight. It is rich in soluble and insoluble fibre that combines with water and digestive juices, giving you a feeling of fullness.
5. Keeps skin healthy:
The high omega-3 fatty acids content in flax seeds helps minimise skin rashes, irritation and redness, and help wounds heal faster.
Quantity – 100g
Calories – 534
Protein – 18g
Carbohydrates – 29g (out of which 27g fiber)
Fat – 42g (out of which only 3.7g is saturated fat)
Calcium – 25% DV(Daily Value)
Magnesium – 98% DV
Iron – 31% DV
Vitamin B6 – 25% DV
Bear in mind that Flax seeds are high in calories and we all are very well acquainted with the concept of calories in-calories out.
You will gain weight, no matter what you eat, if you are eating more calories than you burn. The best way to include Flax seeds in your diet for weight loss is to have them in moderate quantity, maintaining your caloric intake side by side.