10 Reasons to introduce Flaxseed in Your Diet
They are one of the oldest ingredients in human diet, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, vitamin B1, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Flaxseeds are commonly used as a nutritious gluten-free alternative and loved for their distinctive nutty flavor. Their value for health and beauty has been appreciated from the ancient times and the experience people had through the history should encourage you to discover that all the health benefits they hide. Therefore, if you don`t have flaxseeds on your menu, we bring you 10 healthy reasons to introduce them starting from today.
- They protect against cardiovascular disease
Due to the abundance of healthy fatty acids, including omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds are the perfect food for a healthy heart. Research shows that people who use foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid have a lower risk of heart attack. Flaxseeds help prevent cardiovascular diseases and recovery after a heart attack and have been effective in its prevention. They reduce plaque in the arteries and inflammations caused by the loss of elasticity of the blood vessels.
- Flaxseeds alleviate menopausal symptoms
Lignans, the chemical substances that are found in flaxseeds have estrogenic properties and successfully alleviate symptoms of menopause, according to a study from 2013. Flaxseeds may help decrease hot flashes, mood swings and the sense of dryness in the intimate area. University Medical Center in Maryland recommends that women use 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed 2-3 times a day for treatment of menopausal symptoms. At the same time, flaxseeds may help women with fertility problems and irregular cycle.
- Lowers cholesterol levels
A study from 2010 reported that the regular use of flaxseeds helps reduce the levels of harmful LDL cholesterol in the body. The researchers reported that 100 mg of flaxseeds daily helps reduce not only cholesterol but also the risk of liver disease in men. Flaxseeds contain soluble fibers which help in preventing the absorption of cholesterol in the body. For lowering LDL cholesterol the recommendations are 2-4 teaspoons of ground flaxseed daily.
- Helps you lose weight
Healthy fat and fiber are the main ingredients of flaxseed that help with weight loss, along with plenty of B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Flaxseeds curb appetite and provide a long-lasting feeling of satiety. Flaxseeds treat inflammation, another important factor that sometimes you can`t lose any dekagram is what was discovered that the inflamed body tend to retain excess weight. For this purpose, use them whole, not ground – sprinkle them salads, soups, yogurts and fruit and vegetable juices.
- Reduce Cancer Risk
Flaxseeds are effective in combating breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer, discovered in recent studies published by the US National Institute of Cancer Research (NCI). Lignans from flaxseeds stop enzymes in the metabolism of the hormones which are responsible for the growth and spread of cancer cells. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are rich in omega 3 fatty acid, which has a potent activity against cancer. Flaxseeds can be added to yogurt or smoothies, and flaxseed oil can be used as a salad dressing and in grilled dishes.
- Stabilizing blood sugar levels
In people suffering from type 2 diabetes, flaxseed helps regulate blood sugar levels. Consequently, flaxseeds protect diabetic kidney disease and heart disease, and can be used with existing therapies. Include them in the preparation of soups, salads and vegetable drinks.
- Improves digestion
Thanks to the abundance of fiber, flaxseeds are foods your digestive system loves. They allow a faster and easier flow of food through the intestines, and a better absorption of nutrients that have entered through your diet. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil act as natural laxatives and alleviate bloating and constipation. Use them with plenty of water, to make up for any lost fluids. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, flaxseeds are not recommended for you.
- Cleanses the body
These small seeds are an excellent natural remedy for cleansing, removal of toxins and cholesterol and are a true friend of the liver and digestive system. They strengthen the immune system and will help address the symptoms of chronic fatigue, weakness, inflammation and constipation that can occur in the body as a sign of toxins. To clean the body you can use flaxseeds or flaxseed oil, both are equally effective. Soak 1 tablespoon flaxseeds in a cup of water and let stand overnight. In the morning drink the liquid (which will become gelatinous) along with seeds. Repeat this course every day for the next 2 weeks. Flaxseeds can be used in green detox smoothies by adding one tablespoon and cleanse your body naturally.
- Strengthens the hair and stimulates its growth
If you have problems with weak, lifeless hair that breaks, then be sure to include flaxseed in your menu. Omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseeds nourish your hair, make it healthy and shiny, and Vitamin E nourishes hair roots and scalp. They help with hair loss, promote its renewal and growth. They can help in cases of hair loss problems with psoriasis and other diseases. Also, if you have curly and unruly hair, you can make a homemade flaxseed natural gel – just boil them in water and let the mixture cool.
- Hydrates the skin and remove wrinkles
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil act as an all natural tool for skin care. They help reduce the feeling of dryness, remove acne, eczema, allergies and soothe sunburns. As a strong anti-inflammatory agent they successfully act against rashes, skin irritation, and help the faster healing of wounds. The abundance of nutrients will ensure your skin moisturizing quality, rejuvenation and erase wrinkles. Daily add flaxseeds to salads, fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and other foods and enjoy your bright and healthy skin. You can make a homemade lotion – flaxseed oil mixed with two drops of your favorite essential oil and apply on your face or body.
When taking flaxseed, always drink plenty of fluids and don`t take more than the recommended dose, since they have a strong impact on digestion. People that take blood thinning medications should consult a doctor before they start taking flaxseeds.
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