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Flax seeds: health benefits and virtues

Benefits of Flaxseed

Flax seeds are good for your blood sugar and your heart and have a lot of virtues and health benefits. It has pleasant nutty flavor! Here’s why you should incorporate them into your diet. Rich in protein, flaxseed is also a good source of magnesium. Remember that magnesium plays an important role to control blood glucose because it facilitates the use of insulin by the cells. Large-scale studies have shown that the risk of type 2 diabetes is very high when magnesium intake is low. And even if you are already diabetic, magnesium can help you to cure.

Health Benefits of Flaxseed (1)

1- Flax seeds are rich in Omega-3

If your consumption of fish is rather low, eat flaxseeds: they are rich in alphalinolenic acid (ALA), which body uses to develop the omega-3 fatty acids that are normally found in fish. Like fish, flaxseeds keep your heart healthy by lowering cholesterol levels, regulating heart rate and preventing blood clots. They also protect against inflammation, which is associated with many age-related disorders, including insulin resistance and diabetes.

2- It Reduce Cholestrol

Flax seeds contain a wide variety of elements that can play an important role in the diet. Flaxseed is a good source of soluble fiber, which helps reduce the rate of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower the risk of coronary heart disease.

Flax seeds are a rich source of lignans, which can reduce the risk of cancer.

Studies also indicate that flaxseed may help prevent certain cancers. It contains lignans that convert to estrogen-like elements, but with reduced activity. By occupying the estrogen receptors, they diminish the effects of the real, more powerful estrogen. Researchers have therefore looked into the role that flaxseed could play in the prevention of hormone-dependent cancers such as those of the breast or colon.

Animal studies have shown that flaxseed can reduce the size of tumors and even alter their incidence. Studies in humans are limited, but one suggests that tumor growth in breast cancer patients has been slowed by daily ingestion of muffins containing 25 g of ground flaxseed. However, more scientific research is needed to better understand the benefits of flaxseed to protect us from cancer.

3- Flaxseed, a gluten-free food

Flaxseed does not contain gluten, it is inexpensive and has a pleasant nutty taste. Several studies recommend taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily. Whole flax seeds can be eaten. But, to better assimilate them, it is better to consume them ground. Keep the powder in an airtight opaque jar placed in cold.

4- Constipation

Add 1 tsp. whole flaxseed (about 10 g), crushed or crushed coarsely to a glass of water (150 ml minimum) and drink everything.Take two to three times daily. Some sources recommend soaking them for the time they release their mucilage, others consider that they should rather swell in the intestines to be effective

Give only a half dose to children from 2 years to 12 years; for those under 6, treatment should be supervised by a health professional.

The flaxseed should be taken for at least two to three days, as the laxative effect can take from 18:00 to 24:00.

It is best to start with small doses and gradually increase them, especially for people sensitive to the effect of laxative mass seeds.

Whole flaxseed is not recommended for people with intestinal diverticulitis as they may stick to the intestinal wall and cause inflammation. They are also not recommended for people with irritable bowel syndrome.

5- Other health benefits of flaxseed

Thanks to their anti-inflammatory activity, flax seeds protect against rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, eczema and psoriasis. Rich in lignans, their omega-3s help protect or even treat breast cancer. In the body, lignans become estrogen-like compounds, but less active than the natural hormone. By occupying the estrogen receptor cells, these compounds block the effects of the hormone, possibly protecting you against hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer. The content of linseed in lignans is infinitely higher than that of any other plant food.

Like fish, flaxseeds may offer some protection against Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Finally, if you suffer from constipation, take flaxseeds as they are laxative.

6- Flaxseed oil and its health benefits

Like seeds, oil is an asset for health, it provides omega-3, but no fiber or lignans. If you are concerned about the health of your heart, you can include linseed or fish oil in your diet in order to get the good fats you need. However, as flaxseed thins the blood, talk to your doctor, especially if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners. Dosages range from 1 tbsp. 1 tsp., once or twice a day.

Keep the oil in the fridge as it rancid quickly. Use it in salad dressings, add on steamed vegetables or cooked grains, but do not cook it because the heat destroys its nutrients. Be careful, do not confuse flaxseed oil, a food product, with linseed oil sold in hardware stores, which is used solely to treat wood and that one must absolutely not ingest.

 

 

 

 

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