Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 19, 2014

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Flaxseeds are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B1. Let’s learn their health benefits.
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    Flaxseed- the New Wonder Food

    Loaded with omega fatty acids, flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are the vegetarians’ fish. They are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B1. Modern research has found evidence to suggest that the seeds coming from flax, one of the oldest fibre crops in the world, can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Let’s look at some health benefits of flaxseeds. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Protects against Cancer

    Consuming flaxseed may help protect against prostate, colon, and breast cancers. Studies done on animals suggest that the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumour incidence and growth.  The omega -3 fatty acids present in flaxseeds disrupt malignant cells from clinging onto body cells. The lignans in flaxseed have antiangiogenic properties - they stop tumours from forming new blood vessels. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Lowers Cholesterol

    Researchers at the Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center found that cholesterol levels lowered among men who included flaxseed in their diet. Flaxseeds have a high amount of omega fatty acids, like omega-3, 6, and 9. These fatty acids induce the growth of healthy cholesterol inside the body. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Prevents Hot Flashes

    A study published in the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology suggests that dietary intake of flaxseed can decrease the risk of hot flashes among postmenopausal women. Flaxseeds are believed to work in the similar way as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) works. The essential nutrients in flaxseeds alleviate vaginal aridity, and mood swings. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Improves Blood Sugar

    There is strong evidence to suggest that consuming flaxseed everyday improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes, according to a study published in Nutrition Research. Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly improve blood sugar (as measured by haemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes). Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Protects Tissues against Radiation

    Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that a diet of flaxseed may protect skin tissue from being damaged by radiation. The investigators concluded that their "study demonstrates that dietary flaxseed, already known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, works as both a mitigator and protector against radiation pneumonopathy." Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Reduces Heart Disease

    Research suggests that plant omega-3s help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat. New research also suggests significant blood pressure-lowering effects of flaxseed. Those effects may be due to both the omega-3 fatty acids as well as the amino acid groups found in flaxseed. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Prevents Inflammation

    ALA and lignans present in flaxseeds may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses (such as Parkinson's disease and asthma) by helping block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents. Reducing inflammation associated with plaque build-up in the arteries may be another way flaxseed helps prevent heart attack and strokes. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Aids in Weight Loss

    Flaxseeds are a great source that helps you in managing your weight. It not only stabilizes the blood sugar level, but also increases five times in volume, when eaten. Because of this expansion, you tend to crave less for food. Take flaxseeds every day before half an hour of having dinner. This will manage your weight efficiently. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Relieves Constipation

    Flaxseed is an oily food grain, which acts as a natural laxative. It regulates proper movement and elimination of bowel, resulting in the reduction of constipation. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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    Enhances Immunity

    The omega fatty acids and lignans combine together to improve resistance of the body. The enhanced immunity level combats the alien substances, which are responsible for several disorders in the body. Image Courtesy- Getty Images

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