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8 Awesome Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

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(Last Updated On: April 25, 2021)Flax seeds indeed coming from a flowering plant that are famed to grow in the cooler parts of the world. These seeds are actually used in many industries for the manufacture of bed sheets, table linen, and underclothes.

These seeds are known to occur in two varieties out of which one of them is brown in color while the other is indeed gold. Dating back to the early centuries, these seeds are initially used only in the textile manufacture process, and later on, the health benefits had even come into play.

This is mostly due to the rich amounts of fiber present in these seeds. Also, it’s used in the preparation of one of the highly used edible oil in the world named flax seed oil or linseed oil.

One mustn’t forget the health benefits of using flax seeds as they can be the solution to many health concerns. In this context, this article features some of the known health benefits of these flax seeds.

Nutrition facts

One TSP (10 grams) of organic flax seeds provides the following nutrients.

  • Calories: 55
  • Water: 7%
  • Protein: 1.9 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 0.2 grams
  • Fiber: 2.8 grams
  • Fat: 4.3 grams

What are the benefits of whole flax seeds

1. Reduces The Amount Of Cholesterol

Cholesterol has now become the common problem of many individuals and this is due to the poor quality of food that is consumed. It mustn’t be forgotten that cholesterol is the main reason behind many health concerns especially the problems related to the heart.

Also, there’s a high need to sort out a way to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the body and a natural alternative is well known to be free from side effects and hence it must be actually preferred over the synthetic ones.

In this regard, flax seeds can assist the purpose to the maximum extent as they’re quite well known to handle problems regarding the cholesterol levels majority of the time. The rich fiber present in these seeds indeed traps the cholesterol and fats that are actually harmful.[1]

2. High Anti-Oxidant Content

Among all the other benefits, flax seeds are most commonly used for this one. It is well known to possess the highest amount of antioxidant content among all the foods that are a part of the human diet. In this regard, there’s a lot of necessity to consume these seeds for better health alterations.

The high amount of lignans assist a lot in cell development, anti-aging, etc. Also, flax seeds are quite rich in polyphenols that are indeed helpful in reducing the microbes present in the human body including yeast.[2]

3. Reduce The Effect Of Cancer

Not every type, but certain types of cancer can be thoroughly treated with flax seeds. These include ovarian cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, etc. Many types of research and studies have proved that consuming flax seeds can lower the risk of breast cancer to the maximum extent possible.

This is due to the three lignans present in the flax seeds which are indeed converted into enterolactone and enterodiol. These are the naturally occurring hormones and these are the ones that are highly responsible for fighting against cancers on the whole and reduce any further complications.[3]

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4. Skin Health

It’s highly recommended to include a tablespoon of linseed oil in the smoothie for many better skin benefits. This is because flax seeds are quite renowned to reduce the dryness as well as flakiness of the skin with the help of ALA fats present in the seeds.

These seeds are also beneficial to health as they’re known to handle problems concerning ‘dry eye syndrome.[4]

5. Aids In Digestion

Flax seeds are also known to assist a lot in the digestion process and reduce many digestion problems of an individual. This is due to the high amounts of ALA fats present in these seeds.

These fats accumulate in the digestive tract and assist in the smooth movement of the food. Also, linseed oil is well known to handle the problems associated with Crohn’s disease on the whole.[5]

6. Benefits During Menopause

Lignans are known to possess some high estrogenic properties and this capability assis a lot of women during menopause conditions. They reduce the risk of osteoporosis and also help a lot to menstruating women by maintaining the regularity of the cycle.[6]

7. Aids In Weight Loss

Flax seeds are known to be stuffed with high amounts of fiber and some essential fats with which even the high intake of these seeds can result in a few calorie consumptions that in turn assists a lot in weight loss.[7]

8. Reduces Inflammation

This is yet another benefit of the presence of ALA fats in the flax seeds which are quite responsible to reduce the extent of inflammation in the body.[8]

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