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Saturday, February 18, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Flax seeds Nutritional Benefits


Flax seeds Nutritional Benefits:

Flax seeds resemble sesame seeds and size is little larger than sesame
seeds and it is botanically called as Linum usitatissimum, that means
it is most useful for health as it possess more nutritional value than
other seeds. Flax seeds shell is hard in nature with shining and smooth
appearance and color varies from reddish to amber as per the variety of
brown or gold flax seeds. Flax seeds produce warm and earthy smell and
ungrounded seeds give soft crunch, but grounded flax seeds are
considered best for nutrition purpose in general. Flax seeds originated
from Mesopotamia and were used by ancient Greeks, Romans, as they were
recognized the nutritive value, and after that it had spread over
Europe countries. Flax seeds are grown and found in North America,
Unites States of America and Canada, and now Canada is the largest
producer of flax seeds commercially.

Nutritional profile of Flax Seeds; highly concentrated lignan
phytonutrients are found in flax seeds. Flax seeds comprise many
essential minerals namely, iron, phosphorous, manganese, copper,
magnesium, sodium and vitamins like Vitamin B1 and fatty acids,
tryptophan, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids,
soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and other traces of Vitamins,
antioxidants, and minerals, all contribute to promote general health.

Flax seeds Nutritional Benefits; Ground Flax seeds reduce LDL
cholesterol and triglycerides, improve heart health, lower the risk of
cardiovascular disorders, and prevent hypertension, prevent heart
strokes, prevent plaque deposits in arteries, lowers blood clotting
time, due to the presence of antioxidants, if the dosage is taken as
suggested by Health Care Professionals, as studies proved. Flax seeds
regulate glucose levels due to the rich content of Omega-3 fatty acids
and dietary fiber, thus preventing diabetes and as such diabetic
patients are advised by health care experts, to take ground flax seeds
as the dose suggested by them, in order to check diabetes.

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