Flaxseed: The Wonder Grain

Did you know that flaxseed is one super food that had the French emperor, Charlemagne pass a dictate in its favour?  To put the facts right, in 8th century France it was made compulsory for the citizens to include flaxseed in their daily diet, so that they could be healthy and serve the nation. And why not, after all flaxseed is a beneficial for various organs of our body and exerts a healthy influence on every aspect of our health. It does wonders for our heart, keeps blood sugar under control, and favourable for the health of brain, eyes, skin, joints and especially your immune system.

Being the richest vegetable source of Omega 3, flaxseed keeps heart healthy by looking after your cholesterol and triglycerides. Essential fatty acids of Omega 3 are a kind of polyunsaturated fat which are vital for the proper function of the human body. We must get them from our diet as unlike vitamins and minerals, our body cannot make it.

When you make flaxseed an essential part of your daily diet, it keeps your blood pressure and blood sugar within normal range. It enhances flexibility and joint comfort, strengthens immune system, increases fat metabolism and boosts energy and stamina. It is known to be very beneficial in controlling prostate cancer, cardiovascular diseases besides promoting better kidney and liver health.

Flaxseed is especially helpful to women as it is rich in phyto-estrogens or dietary estrogens. Health benefits that women can draw from flaxseed include – potential reduction in cancer, heightened mood and mental stability, reduction in menopause and PMS symptoms and possible protection against osteoporosis. The added bonus of regular use of flaxseed would be radiant and healthy skin, hair and nails.

Flaxseed can be included in the daily diet in both oil and powder form. Normally when we think of protecting our hearts, we think in terms of less oil or fat intake but some oils like flaxseed oil and olive oil are not just good for our health but essential for development and functioning of our body. Omega 3 acts as a blood thinner, quite akin to Aspirin and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Flaxseed oil can be used as salad dressing or blended with yogurt and fruits to make a smoothie. In fact, it can be mixed in any food for consumption. Just make sure that You DO NOT HEAT THE Flaxseed OIL. It means that you cannot use it for cooking. Flaxseed powder and oil are not each other’s substitute. They, in fact, complement each other. Ground flaxseed is a storehouse of large amounts of protein, lignin, fibre and phytoEstrogen besides Omega 3 EFA. To get the full benefit, I would advise you to include both flaxseed oil and powder to your diet.

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