The Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are rich in Lignans, Fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids
  1. Flaxseed is one of the most concentrated plant sources of omega-3 fats which are considered to be "good fats" that are beneficial for the heart. These essential acids are only obtainable by eating the right foods; the human body is not able to produce them.Flaxseeds contain 50 to 60 per cent omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha linolenic acid. 
  2. Flaxseeds are also rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, protein and potassium. Modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
  3. High in dietary fibre. Flaxseed is rich in both soluble fiber (which dissolves in water) and insoluble fiber (which does not dissolve in water). According to Mayo Clinic3, "soluble fiber dissolves with water and creates a gel-like substance that helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels." Whereas insoluble fiber "absorbs water which adds bulk to your digestive tract and helps to move things through quickly."
  4. Flaxseed is considered to be one of the best sources of lignans. A group of phytoestrogens called lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens. They are estrogen-like chemical compounds with antioxidant qualities, able to scavenge free radicals in the body.
  5. There is no set dose for flaxseed. Flaxseed must be ground prior to ingestion or it won’t be able to provide benefits for the health conditions described. Flaxseed can be mixed with liquid or food, such as muffins or bread. For better absorption, some people grind whole flaxseed before using it.

The health benefits associated with flaxseed include:
Protecting against cancer - consuming flaxseed may help protect against prostate, colon, and breast cancers. Flaxseed is thought to prevent the growth of cancerous cells because its omega-3 fatty acids disrupt malignant cells from clinging onto other body cells. In addition, the lignans in flaxseed have antiangiogenic properties - they stop tumors from forming new blood vessels.
Lowering cholesterol

Preventing hot flashes - dietary intake of flaxseed can decrease the risk of hot flashes among postmenopausal women. "Not only does flaxseed seem to alleviate hot flashes, but it appears to have overall health and psychological benefits as well.

Ground flaxseed - but not flaxseed oil - may also help with menopausal symptoms. Research has shown that 40 grams per day may be similar to hormone therapy for improving mild menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats.

Fire up your metabolism- Flaxseeds are hailed with burning body fat, being high in omega-3s and charged with fibre, these little seeds can really fire up your metabolism.

Improving blood sugar - there is strong evidence to suggest that consuming flaxseed everyday improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes.

Protecting against radiation - a diet of flaxseed may protect skin tissue from being damaged by radiation. dietary flaxseed, already known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, works as both a mitigator and protector against radiation pneumonopathy.


  1. How to use flax seeds
    I mean to say can we cook them or we need to eat them raw

  2. can we take them in summer season ? my relative told me that he used them in summer season and it caused jaundice to him ? can it be possible ?

  3. Flax seeds and the plant is very useful for general health and flax can be grown in the Kitchen or Terrace Garden and the juice can be taken daily, just like wheat grass juice. Hope readers will take benefit of this posting. Thanks.


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