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Lesser Known Benefits of Flaxseed (Alsi)

Flaxseeds are probably the most underestimated of the healthy seeds we should be eating. The health benefits that these fetch you are literally overwhelming. Rich in nutrients, proteins, fiber, fats, vitamins, and minerals, flaxseeds alone can meet the nutrient requirements of your body. This is why the wise men called it Linumusitatissimum, meaning the ‘most useful’ in Latin.

Flaxseed laddoos are a common snack during winters in India. These are supposed to give your body the immunity to cope with the bitter cold of the winter months while resisting cold and all the diseases that come with the cold. While these are the commonly known benefits of flaxseeds, let’s delve a little deeper into its nutrient content and know exactly about the numerous benefits of the snack.

The constituents of flaxseeds are myriad and extremely beneficial as we saw. These seeds possess proteins, fiber, mono and poly saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Potassium amongst other things.

The Omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseeds can benefit our heart and blood vessels. These prevent any possibility of cholesterol as well. They lower the bad cholesterol levels while improving the good ones. They also have the ability to effect lowering of blood pressure. It is the various amino acids present in the flaxseeds that enable these changes in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and even blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that these seeds have insoluble fibers which lead to the lowered blood sugars levels, thus helping the diabetic patients, especially those who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

Lignans, a type of protein in flaxseeds is known to be good for fighting cancer, particularly in women. The fibrous content of flaxseeds smoothens the digestive and excretory mechanism thus ensuring the removal of all the undesired materials from the body. Flaxseeds are good news for anyone who is trying to bring down his or her body weight. These bring about a feeling of fullness which helps you to fight the constant craving for snacks.

With so many benefits, it is no wonder why our elders and grandparents always advised eating more of the Alsi laddoos in the bitter winter months. Now that you know what all good can come out of the one simple habit, it will be easier to make it a part of your daily routine. Besides including these into your diet, it is essential to keep a check on your sugar levels by bringing a glucometer in use. So, enjoy Alsi or Flaxseed Laddoos and have great winters.

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