Flaxseed, more commonly known as linseed or common flax, and possessing the binomial scientific name Linum usitatissimum is a constituent from the family Linaceae and the genus Linum. It is generally a fiber and food crop that is cultivated across the colder zones of the world. The oil from the plant is known as linseed oil. Records suggest that the crop was grown in Babylon 300 years before Christ was born. In fact King Charlemagne so much trusted in the obvious benefits of the crop that he passed a legislation compelling his subjects to consume it, back during the 8th century.
How do flaxseeds help you?
Flaxseeds are endowed with a high dosage of mucilage gum content. This compound is soluble in water and has a large number of ingrained benefits for the tract in the intestine. The mucilage increases the retention of the food in the stomach thus enhancing the absorption of nutrients. Furthermore flaxseeds contain a high level of both insoluble and soluble fibers that help in detoxifying the colon, losing fat and decreasing the cravings for sugar .
• Just in case you want to have good hair, skin and nails; you could try adding about 2 teaspoon full of flaxseeds in your daily diet. ALA fats found in the flaxseeds immensely help in making the hair and skin healthy. The consumption of flaxseeds could also aid in curing rosacea, acne and eczema.
• According to a study published by the Journal of Nutrition, walnuts and flaxseeds could help obese people in losing their weight. Subject to the fact that flaxseeds are full of fiber , it helps in decreasing appetite and consequently aids in reducing the intake of calories.
• A study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism deciphered that the insertion of flaxseeds into your diet can naturally reduce the levels of cholesterol in your body. The water-soluble fiber content found in flaxseeds actually traps the cholesterols and fats thus resulting in the above two compounds not being absorbed by the body.
Amongst the many nutritional values that flaxseeds are endowed with; one is the abundance of antioxidants. Lignans is one of them and it is a polyphenols that aids in slowing the process of ageing, balancing the hormones and ensuring cellular health.