Obesity has become a major health problem leading to various degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, losing weight is becoming increasingly important not only for health but also for psychological well-being. And flaxseed is the one superfood that seems to address this problem very specifically.
Also known as flaxseed, it is a nutrient-dense and fiber-rich plant with multiple uses. Flax is grown for its seeds, which can be ground into flaxseed meal, pressed into oil, or spun into linen.
EFFECTS ON WEIGHT LOSS
Flaxseeds help with weight loss because they are high in fiber and therefore give a feeling of satiety in addition to the feeling of hunger. This helps suppress cravings for food, saving calories for weight loss. In addition, high-fiber foods stimulate the digestive tract and help with medical problems such as constipation. Eating fiber is important for moving food through your intestines and keeping your colon free of blockages. It is also instrumental in stabilizing blood sugar and cumulatively helping you achieve a healthy weight.
Flaxseeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have health benefits. Although their effects on weight loss are still unclear and more studies are needed, they have been shown to reduce inflammation (which can contribute to heart disease), fight autoimmune diseases, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Flaxseed is rich in lignin (a complex polymer found in the cell walls of plants), which gives plants their stiff or woody texture. Recent research has found that this component of flaxseed not only aids in weight loss, but may also lower blood pressure and support kidney health. Its estrogen-like and antioxidant properties could reduce cancer risk.
Flax is a good source of protein that takes a long time to digest and is packed with amino acids that are essential for cell repair and muscle growth. By consuming more protein, you will feel fuller longer, have fewer cravings and develop muscle strength since an Indian diet is low in protein components.
HOW TO CONSUME FLAXSEED
To get the full benefits of flaxseeds, you should grind them before consumption as your digestive tract is unable to digest through the protective outer layer of the seeds. So if you eat them whole, you won’t be able to extract many nutrients. Drink plenty of water when adding flaxseed to your diet. In order for fiber to do its job, it needs water to move it through your digestive system.
The easiest way to include flaxseed in your diet is to add 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed to 6 and 8 ounces of hot water. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to give the water some flavor and a little boost of vitamin C.
It can be added in powdered form to soups, smoothies, yogurts and cereals. It can also be consumed in the form of chutneys or laddoos. It can be added to baked goods such as cakes and cookies. Although flaxseed is helpful in weight loss along with various health benefits, you cannot rely on just one specific food to transform your body condition. It must be supported by a lifestyle that includes a balanced diet with at least half an hour to 45 minutes of physical activity.