When it comes to food, the tiniest of changes can make a huge difference to our health. And introducing flax seeds in your diet will definitely help you lead a healthier life.
Linum usitatissimum or flax seeds are highly nutritious. They aid in weight loss, improve memory and keep your system active.
But how you add them to your diet and how exactly are they beneficial? Here are the answers!
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What do flaxseeds do to your body?
Flax seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are made of 42 per cent healthy fats, 29 per cent good carbs, 18 per cent proteins and 7 per cent water. They contain copper, magnesium, Molybdenum, phosphorus and Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) too!
One tablespoon (or 10 gm) of the Linum usitatissimum seeds contains:
- 1.9 gm proteins
- 1.8 gm of plant Omega 3s
- 55 calories
- 4.3 gm fats
- 3 gm carbohydrates
- 2.8 gm fibre
What are the benefits of the seeds?
- The fibre content of the Linum usitatissimum seeds makes you feel full for a long time and also eases your digestive process. So if you add them to your breakfast, you won’t feel hungry until lunchtime. No need for oily snacks then!
- Studies have shown that regular consumption of flax seeds for about 6 months successfully lowers diastolic and systolic blood pressure significantly (by 7mmHg and 10mmHg respectively), thus reducing your chances of a stroke.
- Flax seeds protein contains good amounts of amino acids like arginine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid. All three are associated with improved immunity.
- The fatty acids – omega 3 and 6 in the flax seeds will give you a stronger heart, sharper brain, and may reduce risk of depression. What’s more, it can add a glow to your skin!
- Lignans (anti-oxidants) in the seeds slow down the ageing of your body by curbing the free radicals. Regular intake of flax seeds provides adequate amounts of these antioxidants.
- Flax seeds have low starch and sugar. So all in all, if you have them for breakfast, you feel full for a long time without consuming many calories. Win-win?
- Flax seeds are also a great source of alpha-linolenic acid which helps the functions of your cerebral cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for the processing of information – so the seeds actually improve your memory!
How do you eat Linum usitatissimum seeds?
- Cereal-eaters can add a spoonful of ground flax seeds to their breakfast.
- If you eat oats or granola, that’s a healthy start already! Just add ground Linum usitatissimum seeds and you will have taken the first meal of your day a notch higher.
- You can also pop a jaggery, and flax seeds laddu during those midday hunger pangs. Click here to get a pack now!
- Soak the seeds in water overnight and your morning power drink is ready.
- Do you frequently have smoothies or milkshakes? Grind these seeds and add them to your drink for a quick power boost! Click here to get a pack of the flax seeds now!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)