Did you know that Flaxseeds derive their name from a Latin word? It literally translates to “very useful,” and no doubts, these seeds are very beneficial for our overall health and well-being. These seeds are being used from about 6,000 years ago and are one of the oldest known superfoods. So why does it get a ‘superfood’ status? They are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants called lignans, which take care of our hormonal balance along with many other health benefits.
Other advantages of eating these super seeds are better digestion, glowing skin, improved cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol and better hormone balance. They are also said to fight cancer and other deadly ailments.
Flaxseeds are included in my daily diet. Sometimes I take 2 spoons full of roasted flaxseeds. Sometimes I make flaxseeds powder or chutney mixed with garlic and mix that powder in my food or sprinkle over my salad as well. I will share my flaxseeds chutney or powder recipe in my next article.
Flaxseeds are known as Jawas in Marathi, Alsi in Punjabi and Gujarati and it has many other names in all Indian languages.
So what are these Flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds or linseeds look tiny and are brownish or tan in colour. Loaded with dietary fiber, many minerals such as thiamine, magnesium, manganese and a plant-based protein, Flaxseeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known as alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA). They are also the richest source of lignans, which is about seven times more than what is found in sesame seeds.
Other benefits of these super seeds include:
• A rich source of Antioxidants and Minerals
• Improve digestion
• Fight cancer and reduces chances of breast and ovarian cancer
• Enhance brain health
• Improve your immune system
• Help in weight loss
• Fight diabetes
• Helps to improve your skin and hair
• Lowers cholesterol
• Reduces inflammation or hot flashes
• Provides healing to your skin and gives moisture
• Heal your blocked arteries
Why using Ground Flaxseeds is better?
Most wellness and health experts recommend using ground flaxseeds rather than the whole ones. Wondering why? The whole flaxseeds would pass through your intestine undigested. This would not allow you to get all the benefits from these super seeds. Grinding them into a powder or paste will let all the nutrients get absorbed into the body. Just use your mixer or blender to grind the seeds finely at home.
But remember that ground flaxseeds will lose their nutritive value if they are exposed to air or sunlight. Hence, store the ground flaxseeds either in a dark and cool place or in the refrigerator to enhance its shelf life. If you are thinking of using the flaxseed oil, you must know that it does not have enough fiber as is available in the seeds form.