Flax seeds are known as 'Alsi' in Hindi.
Flax seeds resemble sesame seeds in appearance but are slightly bigger in size. They have a hard but smooth and shiny outer shell. The colour of this seed ranges from deep amber to reddish brown. It has a warm, kind of nutty and earthy flavour.
Flax is not a grain, however some of it's nutritive properties are better than that of regular grains. In terms of quality and content it is far richer than majority of other food grains because of the high content of fibre, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Flax Seeds Health Benefits:
Excellent Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Flax seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. This is useful to regulate blood pressure and control inflammation. It is particularly beneficial for people suffering from hypertension.
Blood Sugar Regulator - Flax seeds are known to decrease insulin resistance and help in regulating the levels of blood sugar. In fact the Lignans present in flax seed can also prevent diabetes.
Ideal for Weight Watchers - Flax seeds are very low in carbohydrates and suitable for people intending to limit their intake of starch and sugar. It is 100% vegetarian and can be used as an egg substitute in baked products.
Beneficial for Women - Research has indicated that flax seeds are useful to improve the chances of a woman conceiving a baby. It helps to regulate ovulation process and restore hormonal balance in the body. For women in the post menopausal stage it has been known to protect cardiovascular disease.
Rich in Various Nutrients - Flax seeds are rich in vitamin B complex, magnesium and manganese which are all very useful to lower cholesterol.
Aids Digestion - Being rich in fibre these seeds act as natural laxative
Anti Carcinogenic Properties - Increased levels of Lignans present in flax seeds help in protecting against cancer of the breast and prostate.