Source: Flax seed/ Linum Usitatissimum
Flax seeds (Linum Usitatissimum) also known as common flax or linseeds are small oil seeds that first cultivated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Flax seeds are very high in fiber and provide good amount of protein. Flax seeds are the best plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans.
- Flax seeds is rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant based Omega-3 fatty acid. ALA prevents the deposition of cholesterol to deposited in the blood vessel, hence reduces the risk of heart attack.
- Flax seeds contains Lignans (polyphenols compound, found in plants), that have antioxidant and estrogen properties. Flax seeds have 800 times more lignans than plants.
- Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fibers. Daily consumption of flax seeds can increase the bowel movement and prevent constipation.
- Flax seeds helps maintain blood pressure. It’s beneficial for those who have high blood pressure issue.