I first heard about flax seeds when I was reading the book, ‘Don’t Lose your mind, Lose your weight’ by Rujuta Diwekar. There she mentions taking flax seeds as a supplement in one of her diet plans.
Intrigued by flax seed or Alsi as it is known in Hindi, I discovered that it is brown or golden in color with a nutty flavor. What’s more it has three important components making it quite useful for human consumption.
Come let us discover more about this powerful seed.
Flax Seeds Origin
Flax seeds or linseed was cultivated since ancient times in Ethiopia and Egypt mainly for its use of fibers. It was used in prehistoric times to get wild fibers. Flax seeds are mainly cultivated for edible oil, fiber, nutrition supplement, to produce linen and also in wood finishing products.
It is the emblem of Northern Ireland and what’s more is also the charm used for getting wealth. In Roman days flax seeds were put in wallet to increase money and they were put in shoes to ward off poverty.
Five Benefits of Flax Seeds
- Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fats. These fatty acids are responsible for regulating the cholesterol in our body. Flax seeds are very good substitute for fish which are one of the best sources of essential fatty acids.
- They contain high amounts of lignans in them which are supposed to have anti cancer properties. Studies done indicate that flax seeds are good for people suffering from breast or prostate cancer.
- It is also helpful in regulating blood sugar levels thus benefiting people suffering from diabetes.
- The Omega-3 fats also help prevent cardiovascular diseases as they reduce plaque buildup in the arteries.
- They are good sources of fiber and act as laxative in many instances.