The Nutritious Flax Seeds: Health Benefits and Easy Recipes
Flax Seeds are loaded with Nutrition!
When I was a little girl, I often used to see my grandfather, including Flaxseeds and it’s recipes, Nuts, Moong sprouts, Garlic, roughage, and other healthy options in his regular diet.
He had sound health, no joint pains, or bone related issues, no heart related problems, or hypertension, diabetes etc. and he used to ride his bicycle even at the age of 80 plus.
During those days, there were not many magazines, or the media, to tell you the health benefits of foods, which we eat. But people were aware of the healthy foods, and even though medical science was not as advanced as it is today, they led a healthy and disciplined life.
One possible reason could be, that there were not much junk foods, available in those times. Moreover, people were involved in more physical activities, as compared to the lifestyle nowadays.
This article discusses the health benefits of Flaxseeds, and how it can be consumed regularly. Many interesting and delicious recipes can be prepared with Flaxseed. I am happy to share thode particular recipes, which my grandfather enjoyed.
What are Flaxseeds? Why should we include them in our daily diet?
Flaxseeds are tiny brown coloured seeds, which contain high levels of dietary fiber, many Antioxidants, and abundance of micro nutrients, such as the Omega 3 fatty acids. As such, it can be very beneficial for Vegans, who do not consume fish, in particular.
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds:
1. Cardiovascular diseases, or diseases related to Heart:
Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial in Heart related problems, as found by the experts. They are anti-inflammatory, and regularise heart beats.
It has been observed by the experts, that the Flaxseeds help in preventing the hardening of the Arteries, and their blockages, and do not allow to build up plaques.
Flaxseeds also help to maintain, ideal Heart rate and is very effective in treating, the complaints of the Heart palpitations, or irregular Heart beats.
2. Maintains Cholesterol Levels:
Recently, One of my friend's husband was advised to include Flaxseeds, in his daily diet. He was diagnosed with a lower level of HDL than required, in his routine medical check up.
Taking Flaxseeds daily, has helped people maintain their Cholesterol levels, within the required range.
Increased LDL, or Bad Cholesterol in bloodstream, can give rise to many diseases, such as Heart problems, Diabetes, Hormonal problems etc.
Flaxseeds helps to increase HDL or Good Cholesterol, and maintain the LDL, HDL, at the required level.
3. Cancers :
The Doctors and Nutritionists are of the opinion, that Flaxseeds help to fight and prevent, certain types of Cancers, in men and women. They have ample amount of Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory properties, which provide protection and help, in fighting certain types of Cancers.
4. Menopause and Hot Flashes:
With the onset of Menopause in women, there comes lot of problems, which may or may not need, medical attention. In other words, it is very difficult for some women, whereas it is manageable in others.
The Studies seem to suggest, that regular intake of Flaxseeds has helped many women, to reduce the intensity of Hot Flashes.
Flaxseeds also help to maintain, the Bone Density after Menopause, as has been observed, by medical studies.
5. Fibre Food helps in Digestion:
Flaxseeds have rich fibre content, and it has a unique gum like component, called Mucilage, which helps to improve intestinal absorption of nutrients, in digestive process. This also helps to prevent the Colon Cancer.
How To Eat Flax Seeds?
Flax seeds should not be eaten without grinding it, as it will not be digested, and you will not benefit from its nutrients.
Flaxseeds can be grinded at home, by self. It can also be bought in the form of Ground Flax Seeds from a nearby supermarket.
If you are buying it from the store, check the manufacturing and the expiry date. If stored for a long time, it might lose its Nutritional value.
Why not grind Flax Seeds yourself?
- It is a very simple procedure. Buy Brown Flax Seeds from the Super market, or nearby Grocery shop.
- Place a non stick pan on the flame, and dry roast the seeds, for 4 to 5 minutes, or till they start crackling.
- Remove from the fire, and let it cool.
- Grind in the dry grinder, of your food processor.
- Store in dark bottles to prevent oxidizing, as it reduces its nutritional value.
- You may store in some closed bottles, in refrigerators too.
5 Interesting and Easy, Flax Seeds Recipes
Many creative recipes can be tried with flaxseed as the main ingredient. Just let your imagination flow.
1. In Baking:
Mix some ground Flax Seed powder in your regular Breads, Muffins, Pizzas, Wraps, Biscuits, and Cookies etc. The ratio could be one fourth, along with your regular flour.
You can easily get breads, containing Flax seeds at the local markets too.
2. In Soups, or Salads, or Smoothies:
You may also include about one tablespoon, per serving, ground Flax Seeds, in your regular soups.
Salads taste delicious, with dry, and roasted Flax Seeds. Use it as a dressing.
3. In Chapatis:
Ground Flax Seeds powder stuffed chapatis are delicious. Remember to include a little bit of salt and red chilly powder in it, and prepare like a normal stuffed chapati. You may, or may not use butter, as per your choice.
4. Flax Seed Laddoo:
The Indians have a great liking for Laddoos, and ground Flax Seeds combined with Jaggery, is a great combination, to make Laddoos.
5. Just Sprinkle It:
If you do not want to take the trouble of preparing some recipes, just sprinkle it on your Salads, over your Cereals, such as Rice, or Oats, or even better, munch it like a snack.
Flax seeds recipe suggestions, source: You tube
Do you include Flax Seeds in your daily diet?
To Sum Up:
- After reading this, one may think of Flax Seeds as a wonderful Super food.
- But remember, good health is a combination of sensible, and healthy eating, physical exercises, an overall healthy lifestyle, and a positive outlook.
- Pregnant women, and the nursing mothers, should not consume Flax Seeds.
- Too much of everything is bad, so care must be taken, with regard to the quality, and quantity, of this wonderful seed.
- Nutritionists suggest, 1 to 2 tablespoonful of Flax seeds, to be enough for a day.
- This is just a friendly guide about the health benefits of Flax Seeds. For any specific, medical guidance, your Doctor is the best person to advise.
Flax Seeds for weight loss, source: You tube
Flaxseeds sweets recipe, Source: YouTube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan