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 Flax seeds recipes, Nuts, Moong sprouts, Garlic, roughage, and other healthy options in his 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.
At that time, there were not many magazines, or media to tell you the health benefits of foods which we eat. But people were aware of healthy foods, and even though medical science was not as advanced as 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 today' s lifestyle.
With reference to this, this article discusses the health benefits of Flax Seeds, and how it can be consumed regularly. I am happy to share the particular recipes which my grandfather enjoyed.
What are Flax Seeds? Why should we include them in our daily diet?
Flax Seeds are tiny brown coloured seeds, which contain high levels of dietary fiber, many Antioxidants, and abundance of micro nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids. As such, it can be very beneficial for Vegans, who do not consume fish in particular.
Health Benefits Of Flax Seeds:
1. Cardiovascular diseases, or diseases related to Heart:
Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial in Heart related problems, as found by experts. They are anti- inflammatory and regularise heart beats.
It has been observed by experts that Flax Seeds help in preventing the hardening of Arteries and blockages and do not allow to build up plaques.
Flax Seeds also help to maintain ideal Heart rate and is very effective in treating the complaints of Heart palpitations, or irregular Heart beats.
2. Maintains Cholesterol Levels:
Recently One of my friend's husband was advised to include Flax Seed in his diet as his HDL was at a lower level than required in his routine medical check up.
Taking Flax Seeds 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.
Flax Seeds helps to increase HDL or Good Cholesterol and maintains the LDL, HDL Levels.
3. Cancers :
Doctors and Nutritionists are of the opinion that Flax Seeds help to fight and prevent certain types of Cancers in men and women. They have Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory properties that 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.
Studies seem to suggest that regular intake of Flax Seeds has helped many women to reduce the intensity of Hot Flashes.
Flax Seeds also help to maintain Bone Density after Menopause, as has been observed by studies.
5. Fiber Food helps in Digestion:
Flax Seeds have rich fiber 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 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.
You can grind it your self or buy Ground Flax Seeds from a nearby supermarket.
If you are buying it from the store, check the manufacturing and 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 flame, and dry roast the seeds for 4 to 5 minutes, or till they start crackling.
Remove from 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 closed bottles in refrigerators too.
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 local markets too.
2. In Soups, or Salads, or Smoothies:
You may also include about one tablespoonful 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:
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 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 is 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
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