Flax seeds are probably the most talked about health food today. Wherever you go, you hear people talking about their health benefits, recipes, availability and dosage. So, what exactly do this small, nutty and crunchy seeds have in them?
The three most important components of flax seeds, which has made them the king in the "nuts and seeds" family are:
Omega-3 content- Being rich in omega- 3 fatty acids (alpha linoleic acid), they are extremely healthy for the heart. A tablespoon of flax seeds approximately contains 1 gm of omega -3 fatty acids.
Lignans: These have both estrogen-like and antioxidant-like properties. Flax seeds contain the most amounts of lignans than any other plant foods!
Fibre content: Lastly, they are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Hence, they play a beneficial role in dealing with constipation, weight loss and gastric issues!
Owing to the above three properties, flax seeds have proved to be beneficial in a number of health diseases today- starting from obesity, high cholesterol, heart diseases to cancer, skin diseases, hypertension and diabetes. They definitely lower the risk of combating these health disorders, especially when there is a strong history of these in the family!
HOW TO USE FLAX SEEDS- HEALTHY RECIPES:
BANANA, OATS AND FLAX SEEDS - Extremely healthy for breakfast
Take one cup of chopped bananas with a cup of fresh curd in the blender jar. Mix half a cup of rolled oats, 2tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of flax seeds and few ice cubes to it. Blend until all ingredients mix well. Pour equal quantities into 2 glasses.
HEALTHY –SEED MIX- Add 1-2 tbsp. in any of your meals
Take 1 ½ cups of sesame seeds (white or black, or equal quantity of both) , ½ cup of sunflower seeds and 1 cup of flax seeds. Roast all the seeds separately in a pan, one after the other and let them cool. Then, coarsely grind them in a grinder with little salt. Make sure the seeds are cooled, or else they will leave moisture while grinding. Store in airtight container.