Flax seeds are very commonly used, flax seeds have been used since ancient times, being one of the oldest crops, but not many people are aware of the health benefits of flax seeds, I see people adding flax seeds to all their meals, but that is not the right way to consume flax seeds, I thought I would share the health benefits of flax seeds, flax seeds are also known as linseeds in the European countries.
What are flax seeds
Flax seeds are the seeds of a flax plant which is one of the oldest fiber crops which have been used for more than a thousand years to make clothing and also as an Ayurvedic supplement, flax is an annual plant that is cultivated in tropical areas, flax plant can be grown almost anywhere where it is able to get full sun exposure, the flax plant grows about 28 inches tall and 8 inches wide, the flowers are bluish purple in color, the fruit is a round dry capsule which contains several glossy brown seeds which are the flax seeds. Flax seeds are a very well known superfood that contain a high amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, flax seeds can be used in recipes in replacement of eggs they are known as flax eggs.
Flax seeds for health
flax seeds seeds contain a high amount of fibre which will aid in preventing constipation, and other digestive disorders, flax seeds act as a laxative softening the stool and making it easy for you to empty your bowels. Flaxseeds help improve the health of the brain as they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Flax seeds can help to prevent diabetes as it is a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, this aids in maintaining normal blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Flaxseeds are rich in vitamin E, a vital vitamin to maintain youthful skin, Flax seeds contain minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium. Flax seeds can help relieve high blood pressure preventing any risk of stroke, hypertension and all heart problems. Flax seeds can be used to help with hormonal issues due to the phytoestrogens present in them, flax seeds can also help with thyroid issues. Flax seeds can be sprinkled on salads, soups and fruits just remember add 1 tsp if not than no more than 1 tbls, you can also buy flax seed capsule which are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Flax seeds for skin
Flax seeds contains a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids which is important for healthy skin to maintain its youthfulness and keep it glowing, flax seeds contain anti inflammatory properties which relieve skin irritation which include skin rashes, dryness of skin, they can also help calm down any breakouts and also help in healing skin wounds. Incorporating flaxseeds in to your daily routine will help keep your skin naturally moisturised even in the cold months when taken internally and used externally, flax seed oil is extracted from the flax seeds and can be used to moisturise your skin or added to your everyday moisturiser and body moisturiser, flax seed oil is used in many over the counter creams and cosmetic products due to its moisturising properties. Flax seed gel can also be used but it will have different benefits in comparison to the oil.
Flax seed for hair
Flax seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids help nourish the hair follicles encouraging the hair to grow, flax seeds contain anti inflammatory properties which help protect your hair and prevent hair loss. Flax seed oil can be used to apply to the hair and also to the scalp, it has many hair benefits, it adds moisture and shine to your hair, it helps to prevent acne and breakouts in the scalp due to the zinc present in the oil, flax seed oil improves the elasticity of the hair to make it grow stronger and prevent hair breakage, flax seed oil helps with scalp issues such as dry flaky scalp, it can help to reduce dandruff leaving you with a healthy and clean scalp and hair that looks and feels manageable. Flax seed gel can be used for your hair strands to style hair and tame frizz and it leaves your hair shiny, I wouldn’t recommend using the flax seed gel in the scalp, I will be sharing how to make flax seed gel very soon.
Now that you are aware of the benefits of flax seeds and flax seed oil don’t forget to add them to your daily routine, 1tsp of flax seeds is more than enough. I like to buy whole flax seeds and very lightly heat them for less than a minute and then I grind them to make them into a powder, flax seeds should not be consumed whole you should either grind them down or buy milled flaxseeds, I have left links to where you can buy good quality flax seed products so if you click the different links you should be able to buy something which will be at a affordable price for you, I have linked non gmo flax seeds, if you want to buy flax seeds elsewhere please make sure you buy non gmo variety. Eat well and take care of yourselves.