Health Benefits Of Flax Seeds
by DHIVYA KARUPPAIAH
(MADURAI, TAMILNADU, INDIA)
Nutrition Health ArticleHealth Benefits Of Flax Seeds
Flaxseeds are slightly larger than sesame seeds and have a hard shell that is smooth and shiny. Their color ranges from deep amber to reddish brown depending upon whether the flax is of the golden or brown variety.
While whole flaxseeds feature a soft crunch, the nutrients in ground seeds are more easily absorbed. Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA.
ALA, in addition to providing several beneficial effects of its own, can be converted in the body to EPA, thus providing EPA's beneficial effects. Omega-3 fats are used by the body to produce prostaglandins, which are anti-inflammatory hormone-like molecules.
Omega-3 fats are used to produce substances that reduce the formation of blood clots, which can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.
Omega-3 fats are also needed to produce flexible cell membranes. Cell membranes are the cell's gatekeepers, allowing in needed nutrients while promoting the elimination of wastes.
Omega-3 fats help protect colon cells from cancer-causing toxins and free radicals, leading to a reduced risk for colon cancer. Average daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids was 2 grams.