Weight loss to fertility: Make the most of flax seeds benefits through your diet

Published on: 14 February 2022, 22:11 pm IST

Flax seeds are a superfood for boosting weight loss, fertility and digestion. A nutritionist suggests ways to add them to your diet.

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Flax seeds can help aid weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Weight loss is the dream of so many people, and we are forever looking for foods to expedite the process! But are there any foods that truly help? Well, for one, there are flax seeds. They may look tiny, but have a huge impact! That’s because they contain a generous dose of nutrients, including lignans, isoflavones, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber.

Nutritionist Avni Kaul tells HealthShots, “The small-sized flax seeds are truly amazing nutritious seeds. Also known as alsi, they are considered a powerhouse of nutrition. Flax seeds resemble sesame seeds but are a bit bigger in size. They feel warm, earthy, and have a nutty flavour.”

Although they are not categorized as a grain, their vitamin, minerals, fiber and other nutritional content are much better than other grains. There are several benefits of flax seeds.

As per a study titled ‘Phytochemicals That Influence Gut Microbiota as Prophylactics and for the Treatment of Obesity and Inflammatory Diseases’, published in the journal Mediators of Inflammation, the bacteria in a person’s gut interact with compounds that are present in several plant foods, and may help with weight loss.

Here are some of the surprising benefits of flax seeds:

1. Rich source of omega-3 fatty acids:

Flax seeds are a top source of omega-3 fatty acids, and can help in countering inflammation. These seeds are excellent for people with hypertension as they help stabilize blood pressure, says Kaul.

2. Good for digestion:

“Flax seeds are fiber-filled and act as a natural laxative. They can be consumed daily for good digestion and better bowel movement,” adds Kaul.

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Flax seeds come loaded with benefits for your digestive system. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Rich in nutrients:

Flax seeds are rich in nutrients such as vitamin B complex, magnesium, and manganese. They also help in lowering cholesterol.

4. Good for blood sugar:

Flax seeds help insulin resistance and stabilize blood sugar levels. The lignans present in flax seeds may help in preventing diabetes.

5. Aids weight loss:

Flax seeds contain a low amount of carbohydrates, and are therefore a good alternative for those who want to reduce weight.

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Flax seeds can take you closer to your weight loss goals. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Support female health:

“Flax seeds are especially beneficial for women. They are known to help women’s fertility by boosting the chances of conception. These seeds also support normal ovulation and restoration of hormonal balance. These are good for post-menopausal women as it protects them from cardiovascular issues,” shares Kaul.

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Here’s how to add benefits of flax seeds to your diet

1. They should ideally be eaten in the ground form rather than whole, or the oil could be used. Mild grinding will allow good nutrient absorption, otherwise they will merely pass through the digestive tract.Begin slowly if you are not accustomed to a high-fiber diet.

2. Grind roughly and have lots of water with it.

3. One can also add them to salads or smoothies.

4. Ideally, two tablespoons are recommended for daily consumption. Pregnant or breastfeeding women need to consult their doctors.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.

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