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How to consume Flaxseeds..

Flaxseeds s are a prized superfood, known for their extensive nutritive values and health benefits. The tiny, nutty and crunchy seeds have gained the status of a superfood lately, but they are actually one of the oldest crops, having been cultivated since the beginning of civilization. Also known as common flax or linseeds, these tiny seeds originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.

Long before flaxseeds were known for its amazing health benefits, it was used to create textiles. Now they have become a staple in the world of healthy eating due to their high omega-3 fatty acids and fiber content. Some people also refer to them as “functional food,” which means food that can boost health. Tiny brown seeds are known to improve digestion, reduce risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

Flaxseeds are inexpensive and high in calories as compared to other nuts but are also extremely nutritious. 100 grams of flaxseeds contains 534 calories that simply means a teaspoon of whole seeds has approximately 55 calories.

A review study even noted that flaxseeds can promote weight loss in overweight and obese people. Nuts and seeds hold an important place in a weight loss diet plan and flaxseeds are one of them that can be included in the diet when the mission is to shed kilos. The tiny brown seeds are loaded with fiber called mucilage, which can suppress hunger, craving and prevent you from indulging in unhealthy munching.

Flaxseeds are good for heart health. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for us in many ways, particularly in maintaining good heart health. These seeds contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has shown to cut down the risk of heart diseases in several lab tests. The healthy fat basically reduces the inflammation in the arteries, which often leads to various heart issues like stroke, heart attacks and cardiac arrest.

People suffering from Type 2 diabetes were given 10–20 grams of flaxseeds powder supplement per day for 1–2 months their fasting blood sugar dropped by 19.7 per cent.

The right way to eat flaxseeds

Flaxseeds have a mild nutty nutty flavour. It can be eaten on its own or can be used in the form of flaxseeds oil. There are two types of flaxseeds: yellow and brown. Both are equally nutritious and beneficial for health. It is easy to incorporate these seeds into your diet. You can add them to your salad or smoothies. But to take maximum benefits of the tiny seeds it is important to have them in the right way. As per most experts, it is better to have ground flaxseeds over whole flaxseeds as the ground form is easier to digest. The cover shell of whole flaxseeds are quite hard and may pass through the intestine undigested, which means you will not get all of its nutrients. Also, one should not consume more than a tablespoon of flaxseeds in a day.

Who should not consume flaxseeds?

People suffering from low blood pressure, low blood sugar level, constipation, diarrhoea, hormonal issues and the bleeding problems should be careful before including these seeds in their diet. Tiny brown seeds are good for pregnant and breastfeeding women, but they should avoid flaxseeds supplements. In case of any complication or allergy contact your doctor immediately.

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