This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
Nutty, crunchy, and versatile, we’ve all eaten flaxseed in smoothie bowls and healthy desserts and even mukhwas, at some time or the other. There’s a reason these little seeds have become the major rage that they are. Cut us some flax and read through this blog, you won’t be sorry ;)
So flaxseeds, also known as Alsi in India, go way back, all the way to ancient Babylon. Pretty sure it did wonders because we still hear about it all the time. The latin name for flax is Linum usitatissimum, which means “very useful”. Every part of the flaxseed plant is utilized commercially, either directly or after processing. The stem yields good quality fibers having high strength and durability. Flax has been used until the 1990s mainly for producing linen, while flaxseed oil was used in animal feed formulations. So although the plant was initially used to produce fiber and feed livestock, it took a turn when people realized the health benefits they could derive from it.
Did you know?? There is a very small difference in using the terms flaxseed and linseed, although they are both the same plant. Flaxseed is used to describe flax when consumed as food by humans. Linseed is used to describe flax when it is used in the industry and feed purpose.
By far the richest plant-based source for the essential fatty acids, especially omega-3, Flaxseeds have become a dietary essential, and rightly so.
- Flaxseeds are known to be estrogenic adaptogens. The seed adapts to what the body needs, which means that it can act as an estrogen amplifier or estrogen blocker depending on what the body needs.
- The little seeds are known to metabolize estrogen efficiently in the female body. This makes them extremely beneficial to peri-menopausal and menopausal women, that go through a drop in estrogen levels in their bodies. Given their adaptogenic nature, they are known to balance hormones and regularise menopausal symptoms and reduce the effect of lowering estrogen in the body.
- Rich sources of Vitamin E and flaxseeds are known to give your skin that flawless glow and your hair immense luster. They are the easiest way to say bye to wrinkles and premature graying.
- One of the most irritable phenomena that women have to deal with is irregular periods. Whether it is stress or PCOS, more often than not menstrual cycles are inconsistent and painful. Flaxseeds help maintain normal cycle lengths between ovulation and menstruation. Given it is adaptogenic in nature, it helps balance hormones and increases fertility.
- Loaded with essential fatty acids, especially your Omega 3s, Flax is a great way to control cholesterol and heart diseases. Fun fact, flax contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant-based foods, making them perfect to keep a healthy body and building immunity against hormone-associated cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
- Amongst the most fibrous of plant-based foods, flax is known to keep you fuller for a long time and promote weight loss and healthier eating habits.
The list is long and the flex is real. If you aren't flaxing yet, you need to get your daily dose stat! They are super easy to incorporate into smoothies, veggies, salads, and more. If that’s too much effort, there are always plant-based supplements, like our Rekindle For Women, that have extracts of the most potent benefits of flaxseeds.
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