Miraculous Benefits of FlaxSeed
The botanical name of flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum. The plant bears blue flowers. Flaxseed is very small like nit, brown or golden in color and smooth textured. In ancient times linseed was used as food, as dye for clothes. My grandmother would tie a poultice of flaxseed on boils and pimples. The main nutrient in flaxseed is omega – 3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid, lignan, protein and fiber. Flaxseed has 30-40 % oil, 25% protein, fiber, vitamin B, selenium, calcium, magnesium, chromium, copper, zinc, potassium, iron, folate etc. Its oil has 36-50% omega -3 alpha linolenic acid. Linseed is beneficial right from conception till old age.
To understand the beneficial effects of flaxseed we first should understand omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid in detail. Both understand omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid are important for our body. These are not produced in the body we have to intake them through our diet. Omega-3 is also present in walnut, almonds etc. Omega -6 is present in ample amount in peanuts, soybean, sunflower, corn oil etc. Omega-3 help in the proper functioning and development of our body especially; brain, nerves, eyes. The membranes of our cells are made up of phospholipids constituted by omega-3. when there is deficiency of omega -3 in the body then these membranes start being produced by omega-6 instead of soft and flexible omega-3 and thus from here we are affected by hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, cancer and other diseases. When there is deficiency of omega-3 in the body omega-6 overpowers and causes inflammation and produces prostaglandinE2, these attract gimphocytes and microphos and produce cytokines These cytokines induce inflammation and produces coaxes enzymes. Omega-6 gives rise to diseases in the body whereas Omega-3 increases our immunity. Flaxseed increases oxygen consumption at cellular level. It increases energy, vitality, stamina & shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
During last few decades the quantity of Omega-6 has been increasing in our diet whereas Omega-3 has been decreasing. The fast food and the junk food that are being sold by the multinational companies are full of Omega-6. The refined oil available in the market are also full of Omega6 fatty acids. Since Omega-3 is less in our diet and Omega-6 is abundant we suffer from hypertension, stroke, cardiac arrest, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, loss of appetite, asthma, cancer and such diseases.
Bone and Joint Health
It inhibits the production of pro inflammatory cyotkins and eicosanoids thereby reducing the inflammatory responses. Due to its anti inflammatory properties it is helpful in treating osteoarthritis and rheumotoid arthritis. It also provides lubrication to the joints thereby reducing pain. It is also effective in treating other autoimmune diseases
Flaxseeds are the richest source of Lignans. Lignans has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral & anti-lupus effect. Lignans have weak estrogen like action and act as a hormone balancer. Due to its ability to competitively lock onto our body’s estrogen sites it controls both excess estrogen conditions (PMS) as well as declining estrogen levels such as menopause.
Approximately 8% of the brains weight comprises of Omega 3 Fatty Acids the building block for an estimated 100 billions neurons. It provides softness, flexibility and lubrication to the nerves. It protect neurons from oxidative damage and inflamation.
Omega 3 possess anti depressant and nero protective properties. It acts as adaptogens (stress reduction) and improves cognition. Recent findings suggest that some criminal and aggressive behaviors are closely correlated with low serum omega 3 levels. Effective in Alzimer’s Disease, Multiple Syrosis, Depression, Migrane, Shizophrenia and Parkinson.
Flaxseed helps to lower high blood pressure, clears clogged coronaries, lower high blood cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol and raises good HDL cholesterol. One way that flaxseed helps the heart is by decreasing the ability of platelet to clump together, thus it acts as a natural aspirin.
Maybe the biggest flax seed benefits come from it’s ability to promote digestive health. The ALA in flax can help protect the lining of the digestive tract and maintain GI health. It has been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from Crohn’s disease or other digestive ailments, as it can help reduce gut inflammation.. Flax is also very high in soluble and insoluble fiber which can also improve digestive health and is one of the highest magnesium foods in the world.
Rejuvenates Skin and Hair
If you want healthier skin, hair and nails then consider adding 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil to your daily routine. The ALA fats in flaxseeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema. This also applies to eye health as flax can reduce dry eye syndrome.
Flax seed oil has been shown to contribute to strengthen and fortify hair. It prevents & sometimes reverses premature greying of hairs. It has anti wrinkle effect and acts as an internal cosmetic.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that flaxseeds may improve obesity and support weight loss. Since flax is full of healthy fats and fiber, it will help you feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss. ALA fats may also help reduce inflammation. This is important for weight loss in that an inflamed body will tend to hold on to excess weight..