Benefits of Flaxseeds

Farat Abdul Razzaq

Benefits of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are crunchy and nutty in flavor. They are rich in fiber and loaded with tons of nutrients. It is one of the oldest crops. Flaxseeds are present in two colors i.e., brown and golden. 

Flaxseeds benefits:

Let’s discover the benefits of Flax seeds;

Loaded with Nutrients

Flaxseeds are loaded with nutrients. It’s one tablespoon contains 37 calories of energy. These seeds are enriched with Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fibers. Moreover, it also contains Zinc, Copper, Thiamine, Magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, Iron, Folate, Selenium, and Vitamin B6.

Omega-3 Fatty acids in these seeds make them more important to add to the diet.

Anti-cancer properties:

Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3 FAs and compound Lignans. These nutrients arm it with cancer-fighting properties. Lignans are anti-oxidants and they prevent tumors from forming and spreading.

These seeds prevent Prostate cancer, Breast cancer, Colon cancer, and Rectal cancer. Moreover, they also increase the survival of cancer patients.

Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty acids:

Fish oil is famous because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. You can use flax seeds as an alternative to fish oil if you can’t bear the odor of fish oil. 

The seeds of flax also contain Alpha-Linoleic acid (ALA ) which is very essential to provide as the body can’t make it. ALA reduces inflammation and prevents Cholesterol from high levels.

Omega-3 fatty acids also prevent stroke and are good for Diabetes patients ( specifically type-2 diabetes). Besides all these functions, it prevents from hardening of arteries, and that is why it prevents Cardiovascular diseases.

Prevents from Constipation/ Rich in fibres:

The seeds of the flax plant are rich in fiber. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. High fiber content absorbs water and so adds bulk to the stool. So, they prevent constipation. These seeds also help in bowel movements.

One tablespoon of flax seeds fulfills 8% of your daily fiber needs.

Reduces B.P.

Flax seeds are known to decrease blood pressure both systolic and diastolic

If you take these seeds, one tablespoon daily, for a month your Blood pressure drops by 2mmHg. This change is worthwhile as it prevents stroke and heart problems.

Lower Cholesterol levels:

Flaxseeds are helpful to decrease the Cholesterol levels. These seeds decrease LDL (low density/ bad cholesterol) by 15%. Phytosterols in Flaxseeds prevent the increase in LDL levels.  It also maintains heart rate.

Maintain Blood sugar levels:

Flaxseeds are very beneficial for diabetes type 2 patients as they prevent insulin resistance. 

Reduce Hot Flashes:

Right after menopause, women have to deal with hot flashes that may disturb their routine. By consuming flaxseeds, you can decrease the intensity of hot flashes by 55%. 

Weight loss:

Flaxseeds contain soluble fibers that slow down the process of digestion. These seeds give you the feeling of fulfillment. Moreover, they help to reduce hunger and belly fat. They also possess anti-aging properties.

Reduce inflammation:

Lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the inflammation-causing agents. They hydrate your skin and protect it from UV damage. 

How to add Flaxseeds to your diet?

Flaxseeds have a tough shell that is unbreakable by the stomach. So, always use the seeds after grinding.

How to add Flaxseed to your diet?
  • You can use flaxseed powder while baking.
  • You can add seeds in grounded or powdered form in yogurt to enhance its taste.
  • In India, people make a special snack called “Alsi ki penni” which is very tasty.
  • Flaxseed Oil: The oil of these seeds can also be used. But prefer using seeds as they contain fiber. 


  • Flaxseeds are not suitable to fry because of their heat-sensitive nutrients.
  • Keep flaxseed at a low temperature, in an air-tight dark bottle. Never heat the oil.
  • Do not overcook ground flaxseeds. It is recommended not to cook for more than 5 minutes.

Side effects of Flaxseeds

  1. Excessive use of flax may cause diarrhea.
  2. Pregnant and Breast-feeding mothers should avoid taking these seeds. As it may mimic estrogen hormone which can be problematic.
  3. In some people, it may cause allergic reactions.
  4. At the start, take it in less quantity and when your stomach becomes used to it you can increase the amount. Because it may cause bloating and digestive problems.
How much of flaxseed is enough for daily use?

one tablespoon of the seeds is enough.

Do flaxseeds have any benefits for the skin?

yes, they hydrate your skin and give it a glow.

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