Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Benefits of Flaxseed And Its Side Effects

Flax seed is one of the oldest crops ever known. They were consumed as food for around 6000 years. This crop is cultivated worldwide and it is a well-known super food. Being a super food, flax seeds have many benefits and they help improve digestion, fight cancer, control diabetes, lower down blood pressure, clear skin, lower cholesterol, balance hormones, and promote weight loss. People basically use flax seeds to resolve gastrointestinal problems from the body. Flaxseed oil possesses many medicinal properties.

Benefits of Flaxseed And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Flaxseed
Nutritional Value of Flaxseed
Health Benefits of Flaxseed
High fiber food
Good for digestive system
High antioxidants
Support Weight loss
Reduce cholesterol levels
Skincare
Healthy for hair
High Omega-3-type fatty acids
Helpful for women undergoing menopause
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Flax is anti-inflammatory
Fights cancer
Uses of Flaxseed
Side-Effects & Allergies of Flaxseed
Origin And Cultivation of Flaxseed

Flaxseed

The seed from the plant Linum usitatissimum is called as Flaxseed. They are small, brown, dark or golden-colored seeds that possess medicinal properties. They are also called as linseeds. They are high fiber food that is rich in omega-3 fats. They are quite remarkable for health and help to reduce cholesterol levels in our body. Flaxseed is a good source of high fiber, vitamin-B, and omega-3 acids. The fiber in flaxseed is soluble in your body and the fiber is found in its seed coat. Taken before a meal, flaxseed fiber reduces the appetite of people so that they might feel full and thus ensures that one can be supported in reducing weight.

Nutritional Value of Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are a rich source of minerals and they possess several nutritional benefits. Only 3 tablespoons of flaxseed contain about 8 grams of fiber which is very high as compared to other seeds. It contains 6,338mg omega acids which are very good for heart and skin. It also contains 6g of protein and it is a rich source of vitamin B1 which is about 31% RDA. It is also a rich source of minerals which includes - manganese 35% RDA, magnesium 30% RDA, phosphorus 19% RDA and selenium 10% RDA. Flaxseeds’ nutrition profile also contains vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper and zinc.

Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Flaxseed
Health Benefits of Flaxseed

High fiber food

Flax seeds are a high fiber food and hence termed as a super food. 1 helps the process of detoxification in your body and supports liver and kidney. It contains high levels of water-soluble mucilage gum content which helps in increasing the absorption of nutrients from the food that you eat. This water-soluble fiber helps in trapping toxic substances which then excreted out of your body

Good for digestive system

Flaxseeds improve your digestive system by increasing probiotics in the guts. It also helps in protecting the lining of the digestive tract and thus helps in preventing digestive ailments. It can also help in decreasing gut inflammation. Flax is rich in magnesium which helps in improving our digestive health. It also helps people who are suffering from constipation.

High antioxidants

Flax seeds are rich in anti-oxidants that enable the body in slowing down the aging process. It contains fiber-related polyphenols called as Lignans that provide us with antioxidant properties. This property helps in maintaining hormonal balance and also protects us from viral infections. These also prevent the body from the free radicals that are always looking to harm the body

Support Weight loss

A fiber-rich food helps to reduce weight because it nourishes your body with healthy fats that makes the consumer avoid overeating. It also helps in decreasing inflammation in your body. Studies show that consumption of flax seeds reduces appetite and thus marks food cravings. It also traps the bad fat making it insoluble in your body. Thus it may aid in losing extra fat from your body through excretion.

Reduce cholesterol levels

Another good thing about flax seeds is that it decreases cholesterol levels by increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your body. Soluble fiber helps in trapping cholesterol and bad fat. Absorbed seeds will finally be excreted out of your body. It also helps in lowering down blood pressure and diabetes. Flaxseed does not reduce good cholesterol (High-density Lipoprotein) in your body. It helps to reduce only the bad cholesterol (Low-density Lipoprotein) from your body.

Skincare

Flaxseed helps in clearing your skin and acts as a natural moisturizer. If your skin is dry, then consumption of 1tbsp of flaxseed on the daily basis can help your skin feel soft and nourished. It is rich in essential fats and vitamin B that helps in protecting your skin against skin diseases like acne, pimples, rosacea, and eczema. It also helps in removing dryness from your eyes.

Healthy for hair

Flax seeds also help to improve the health of your hair. These seeds ensure that the hair are hydrated and removed of dryness from them. Dry and flaky hair can be turned to shiny and healthy hair if you apply flax seed oil on your hair

High Omega-3-type fatty acids

Flax seeds contain such fatty acids. They are an excellent natural source that helps in providing such fats. Thus, vegetarian can take benefits from flax seeds. These are very good for heart health and many of you only know about fish oil which contains the highest amount of acids. They are a good option for those also who have allergies from sea-food. These are also very good for the brain and help in making the neurons healthy.

Helpful for women undergoing menopause

The lignans in the flax balance the hormones in our body and studies prove that it is very good for women experiencing menopause. Lignans possess estrogenic properties and which help to benefit the women. It can thus be used as a hormonal supplement of estrogens. It could also young women to maintain the regularity of their menstrual cycle.

Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease which eats away your bones and this is the deadly disease. This is basically an old age disease but making your bones stronger in the teenage years is very important to avoid the risk of osteoporosis. Flaxseed also aids in the prevention of this disease and help in maintaining your bones stronger. It also helps in making grease in the bone joint which further makes bones healthy.

Flax is anti-inflammatory

Flax possesses anti-inflammatory properties and it is a gluten-free seed. You can also use this seed in cooking because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Those who possess gluten sensitivity can use this seed as an option. Flax seeds are helpful in preventing your body against infections

Fights cancer

The most important benefit of flax seed is that it prevents cancer. Cancer is a type of deadly infection that leads to abnormal growth of cells. Studies show that consumption of flaxseeds support in fighting several types of cancer that include – breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and ovarian cancer. Prevention of cancer is very important nowadays because it is increasing at a very high pace.

Uses of Flaxseed

You have seen several benefits of this super food and now, so how can you use it to add it to your diet. There are many ways to consume flax seeds. You can add it in your salad, muffins, yogurt, honey, bread, and cookies. You can also add it in your smoothie or you can add it in your sprouts. You can take 1 to 3 tablespoon of flaxseed daily by mixing it with your favorite smoothie.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is quite safe but sometimes its overconsumption may lead to many side-effects. These are basically gastrointestinal side-effects which can lead to increase in the number of bowel movements, gastric trouble, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Flaxseed should be consumed in little quantities and you should drink plenty of water to avoid any side effects. In some cases, it can also block your intestines. This type of laxative effect can happen due to the formation of large lignin chemicals in your body. You should discontinue consumption of flaxseed as soon as you notice any kind of side effects. Sometimes, flaxseed can be poisonous to you if you take it raw or unripe.

Origin And Cultivation of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is quite safe but sometimes its overconsumption may lead to many side-effects. These are basically gastrointestinal side-effects which can lead to increase in the number of bowel movements, gastric trouble, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Flaxseed should be consumed in little quantities and you should drink plenty of water to avoid any side effects. In some cases, it can also block your intestines. This type of laxative effect can happen due to the formation of large lignin chemicals in your body. You should discontinue consumption of flaxseed as soon as you notice any kind of side effects. Sometimes, flaxseed can be poisonous to you if you take it raw or unripe.

Popular Questions & Answers

I take flaxseed oil for healthy hair and eyes. Does regular FLAXSEED intake cause impotence IN MALE?

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
No. Its good for health. High in both Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids which your body needs to balance hormone All in all, flax seeds are a powerful package for balancing hormones and boosting fertility. Aim to get about two tablespoons of flax seeds every day; grind them up for maximum benefit.
2 people found this helpful

Please suggest me What are the health benefits of flax seeds. IS there Any side effects?

msc nutritional science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
In a 100-gram serving, flaxseed contains high levels of protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins, and dietary minerals. Flaxseed contains water-soluble fiber (which lowers blood cholesterol) insoluble fiber (which helps prevent constipation. Flax contains hundreds of times more lignans than other plant foods. Flaxseeds are especially rich in thiamine, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids (mostly ALA), omega-9 fatty acids (oleic acid), andomega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid); the seeds contain saturated fat, including as palmitic acid.
3 people found this helpful

I have no illness yet I want to take flaxseed 25 mg, is it harmful for me? And raw or roasted which is better because I am a student so I can consume it raw easily. Please suggest me.

Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Diabetes Educator, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Market and internet is rife with the health benefits of flaxseeds which is a current market rage. Flaxseed or any other oilseed like sesame, etx are all good for health but over consumption Of these can do more harm than good. If consumed daily just a 2.3 gm of these oilseed is enough to keep balance. Roasted or cooked is better than raw.

I am suffering from lower back pain and knee joints pain and sometime this pain flows up and down in bones from shoulder to feet.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Using natural treatments for joint pain and stiffness can make a big difference in the amount of medication you need to take. We’ve outlined some great herbal remedies to relieve stiffness and pain. 1. Cayenne - Known for its spicy-hot taste, cayenne makes an excellent topical ointment that relieves joint pain. Rubbing cayenne on the affected area causes a mild irritation, which in turn “distracts” the nerves from the more severe joint pain. Repeated topical applications of cayenne pepper can reduce arthritis pain significantly. To make a topical paste, mix 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup of cocoa butter, lanolin, or coconut oil. Apply it directly to the sore joint. You can also mix 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and soak sore hands or feet for 20 minutes to reduce pain and inflammation. 2. Fruit Pectin & Grape Juice - The combination of pectin, which is found in the cells of many plants, and grape juice can be of great use to people suffering from inflammation and joint pain. Grape juice is loaded with antioxidants, among them, anthocyanins, which are noted for their effect on reducing inflammation. Pectin is also believed to relieve fluid buildup in the joints of arthritis sufferers. It’s best to purchase pectin from a health or natural foods store for the best quality. You want to make sure to select pectin that is free of MSG and other additives. Mix 1/2 cup of grape juice with 2 tablespoons pectin. You can add water, if needed. Drink it twice daily for 6 weeks, and then reduce the frequency as symptoms disappear. 3. Flaxseed: Omega-3s are important for a strong immune system, but did you know they also help fight inflammation? Flaxseed is one of the best vegan sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it even more important for arthritis sufferers. Animal fats can often lead to more inflammation, so making the choice to incorporate flaxseed into your diet will help you get the important Omega-3s without adding the animal fat. Try to include two tablespoons of flaxseeds or flaxseed oil in your daily diet. You can add ground flax to cereals, yogurt, and even sauces and stews. 4. Exercise: Light weight training and cardiovascular exercise are very important to relieve joint stiffness and pain. While the first thing you may want to do is curl up and lay down when joint pain strikes, it’s a great idea to get up and get moving. I find that a hot shower and some gentle exericise like yoga, Pilates, or light weight training really helps get your joints in motion and reduces the stiffness and pain. Light weight training can also strength the muscles surrounding your affected joint, thus providing it with more support. Another great form of exercise to get relieve joint pain and stiffness is aquatic exercise. This non-impact workout allows you to slowly moving your joins through their range of motion. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

With due respect Sir, I want to how many km running is good for health. And how can we add flaxseed in our diet. And what are best dry fruit and fruit we can consume daily. Thanks a lot.

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Distance and type of running depends on your fitness goals. Different goals like losing weight, gaining weight, general fitness etc. Needs different types & distance of running. If it is for general fitness, running short distances 2-4 km should be combined with other cardio and strength exercises. All nuts and fruits are good. Again depends on your goals. For gaining strength, you should consume energy dense fruits like bananas, pineapple, and dry fruits like almonds, walnuts and dates.

Popular Health Tips

8 Things That Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
8 Things That Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

The lifestyle we lead plays an important role. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to overcome many diseases as it helps in bringing the blood pressure to normal and in turn reduce the risks of diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Factors like smoking, diet, stress and sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension is known as silent killer as it is symptomless.

There are various traditional medicines known to lower the blood pressure. Also, there are certain herbs that help in controlling blood pressure and preventing other diseases.

Some of these herbs are:

  1. Basil: This herb has a strong aroma and can be used in the preparation of many foods. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure, though for a brief time. Adding freshly chopped or torn basil to soups, salads, pastas and casseroles not only enhance the taste but are also beneficial for health.
  2. Cinnamon: This herb requires some effort to add in the diet, but is helpful in maintain the blood pressure. Diabetic people should have cinnamon everyday in some or the other way. Cinnamon can be included by sprinkling over cereals, oats, coffee, stews and curries.
  3. Cardamom: Cardamom if consumed daily can be helpful in bringing down blood pressure and in turn controlling hypertension and diabetes. Cardamom is very popular in South Asia, the seeds can be powdered and used in stews, soups or baking. It not only has an enhanced flavor but is also packed with numerous health benefits.
  4. Flaxseed: This is very rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to lower the blood pressure and also protect the body against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They are known for reducing cholesterol levels, and improving glucose tolerance thus acting as antioxidant. Flaxseeds can be added in smoothies and soups or baked goods.
  5. Garlic: Garlic often synonymous with bad breath and pungent seasoning has immense health benefits. It dilates and relaxes the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow freely and in turn reduces the blood pressure. 
  6. Ginger: Adding ginger to the diet helps to control the blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessels and improves the circulation of the blood. Ginger can be used in sweets, savories and beverages and is very common in Asian food.
  7. Celery Seed: This is a diuretic and in China it is used to treat hypertension. This can be used to flavor stews, soups, savory dishes and casseroles. Both the seeds and the plant have various benefits and uses of their own.
  8. Hawthorn: This herb is used to treat high blood pressure in China. Decoctions of the herb have health benefits such as reduction of blood pressure, controlling hypertension and blood circulation.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3769 people found this helpful

Diet, Nutrition And The Prevention Of Chronic Lifestyle Diseases!

MD - Medicine , MBBS
General Physician, Vadodara
Diet, Nutrition And The Prevention Of Chronic Lifestyle Diseases!

The lifestyle we lead plays an important role. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to overcome many diseases as it helps in bringing the blood pressure to normal and in turn reduce the risks of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Factors like smoking, diet, stress and sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension is known as silent killer as it is symptomless.

There are various traditional medicines known to lower the blood pressure. Also, there are certain herbs that help in controlling blood pressure and preventing other diseases.

Some of these herbs are:

  1. Basil: This herb has a strong aroma and can be used in the preparation of many foods. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure, though for a brief time. Adding freshly chopped or torn basil to soups, salads, pastas and casseroles not only enhance the taste but are also beneficial for health.
  2. Cinnamon: This herb requires some effort to add in the diet but is helpful in maintain the blood pressure. Diabetic people should have cinnamon everyday in some or the other way. Cinnamon can be included by sprinkling over cereals, oats, coffee, stews and curries.
  3. Cardamom: Cardamom if consumed daily can be helpful in bringing down blood pressure and in turn controlling hypertension and diabetes. Cardamom is very popular in South Asia, the seeds can be powdered and used in stews, soups or baking. It not only has an enhanced flavor but is also packed with numerous health benefits.
  4. Flaxseed: This is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to lower the blood pressure and also protect the body against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They are known for reducing cholesterol levels, and improving glucose tolerance thus acting as antioxidant. Flaxseeds can be added in smoothies and soups or baked goods.
  5. Garlic: Garlic often synonymous with bad breath and pungent seasoning has immense health benefits. It dilates and relaxes the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow freely and in turn reduces the blood pressure. 
  6. Ginger: Adding ginger to the diet helps to control the blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessels and improves the circulation of the blood. Ginger can be used in sweets, savories and beverages and is very common in Asian food.
  7. Celery Seed: This is a diuretic and in China it is used to treat hypertension. This can be used to flavor stews, soups, savory dishes and casseroles. Both the seeds and the plant have various benefits and uses of their own.
  8. Hawthorn: This herb is used to treat high blood pressure in China. Decoctions of the herb have health benefits such as reduction of blood pressure, controlling hypertension and blood circulation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
5717 people found this helpful

Benefits of Flaxseed Oil on the Skin

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Benefits of Flaxseed Oil on the Skin

Proponents of flaxseed oil claim that the ravages of eczema, the annoyance of dry skin and even sunburned skin pain can be alleviated with this natural oil product found on store shelves.
Cosmetic-grade flaxseed oil is used in creams and gels to moisturize and smooth the skin. Manufacturers of cosmetics made with the oil claim that their products nourish the skin and have properties that smooth and firm the outer skin. Jeffrey benabio, md, faad, skin care expert, claims that the benefits of flax oil applied topically include reducing dull-looking skin and softening the look of fine lines. Benabio also says that the oil, due to its anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, reduces red skin and irritation. Acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema can be improved by the use of the oil, according to benabio's 'the dermatology blog' oil capsules can also be purchased for cosmetics made in the home and a host of companies market the product in cosmetic-grade form. Care is required in preparing these cosmetics, including refrigeration and protection from sunlight since both heat and light degrade the oil.

40 people found this helpful

Table of Content

Flaxseed
Nutritional Value of Flaxseed
Health Benefits of Flaxseed
High fiber food
Good for digestive system
High antioxidants
Support Weight loss
Reduce cholesterol levels
Skincare
Healthy for hair
High Omega-3-type fatty acids
Helpful for women undergoing menopause
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Flax is anti-inflammatory
Fights cancer
Uses of Flaxseed
Side-Effects & Allergies of Flaxseed
Origin And Cultivation of Flaxseed