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Flaxseeds for Weight Loss and Healthy Heart

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of good fat that not only increases the metabolism but offers numerous benefits like improves heart health, provides fiber and makes the stomach full.  Flaxseed is one of the top sources of omega-3 fatty acids and lignan, which may facilitate your effort to drop excess pounds. Ground flaxseed is an important constituent in weight loss diet. It provides fiber which helps one feel full and offers other weight loss benefits. Flaxseeds are also helpful in removal of tumour growth as the lignans present in flaxseed not only provides active form of phytoestrogens that can change estrogen metabolism.  

Quantity to be used 

Just 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (10 gram) per day is the recommended serving to be provided which can enhance overall health. 

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How it helps in weight loss

Flaxseeds are good source of fiber and thus make stomach full in a very short time. They also contain nutrients as well as protein, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, omega 3 and lignin. It is also beneficial for the improvement of skin texture. 

How to consume flaxseeds 

Flaxseeds can be consumed whole or ground. Whole flaxseeds can be purchased from market and can be roasted and grind. It can be sprinkled in food or consumed directly inorder to get the benefit. One can store flaxseed in a cool, dark place for upto 4 months before consumption.  

Can it be consumed intact? 

Flaxseeds if consumed intact can pass through the intestine as a whole instead of providing nutrition. Rather it is better to grind it before consumption so that it opens the shells and provides the necessary components.

Ingredients present  

One tablespoon of flaxseed contains Calories , Protein, Carbs, Fiber, Total fat, Saturated fat, Monounsaturated fat, Polyunsaturated fats, Vitamin B1, B6, Omega 3 Fatty acids, Folate, Calcium and Iron alongwith Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. 

Role in Cholesterol improvement 

Cholesterol is the major problem that flaxseeds ingredients can solve as it contains fibre which binds with bile salts and is then excreted by the body. In a study conducted the consumption of flaxseeds (30 gm/day) for 3 months has lowered the total cholesterol by 17% and “bad” LDL cholesterol by 20%. 

Controls blood sugar levels 

Type 2 diabetes is the major problem worldwide with number of patients suffering without any possible solution to the problem. In this case flaxseed has proven to an important ingredient which can decrease the blood sugar level through insoluble fiber that slows down the release of sugar into the blood and reduces blood sugar (by providing fibre to the body)   

 In this way, flaxseed has proven to be a boon for health freak and people suffering from heart problem. 

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