The tiny seeds of the flax plant are in fact storehouses of nutritious substances which have proved to be mighty influential in promoting a healthy living. Along with being rich in vitamins, magnesium and manganese, they are also rich in three important nutrient groups (Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytochemicals) which in turn provide it with a highly nutritious and a healthy value. It helps in fighting cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, constipation and heart disease. In addition, it plays an important role in taking care of women’s health.
Flaxseed has been studied for its beneficial protective effects on women’s health. Being rich in phytohormones called lignans, it performs a hormone balancing act and is also useful in treating cancers of the breast, endometrium (uterus), prostate and colon. It has been found that eating an ounce of ground flaxseed every day can lead to the management of estrogen in postmenopausal women in such a way that it provides protection against breast cancer. In addition to lessening a woman’s risk of developing cancer, the lignans abundant in flaxseed can promote normal ovulation which in turn implies that it can help to increase women’s chances of conception by enabling consistent ovulation. It also helps in restoring the hormonal balance between estrogen and progesterone which in turn implies that it helps in preventing pre-menopausal symptoms like breast cysts, headaches, anxiety, mood swings and anxiety. Preliminary research also suggests that flaxseeds may serve a role in protecting post-menopausal woman from cardiovascular diseases.
In addition to providing protection to women’s health, flaxseeds also help in fighting cholesterol by reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides in one’s body which in turn helps to protect the diseases of the heart. Moreover, nutritionists are instructing their diabetic patients to eat flax daily as it has been found out that the presence of omega-3 fat and high fiber in flax can help to fight against diabetes. Along with strengthening the immune system, Flax also helps to fight against inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
The health benefits of flaxseed are innumerable and it has specially proved to be a boon for women’s health.