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  • Overview
  • Overview

    Flaxseeds are seeds of Linum usitatissimum and have been cultivated for thousands of years. Usitatissimum is a Latin word that means ‘most useful’ so one can guess how beneficial this plant has been considered since ages.

    The light, nutty taste of flaxseeds makes it a popular mouth freshener in some regions and in others they are toasted and added to salads, soups, and sandwiches for that crunchy taste.

    The medicinal properties of flaxseeds have been known since long. While the benefits of the seeds have been mentioned in Ayurveda, they have also been used in traditional Austrian medicine.

  • Flaxseed for all
  • Flaxseed for all

    • Lower blood cholesterol
    • Help weight management
    • Improve digestive health
    • Help to fight cancer, especially that of colon and breast
    • Protects skin and mucus membrane from harmful oxygen-free radicals
    • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Flaxseed for Pregnant women and Nursing moms
  • Flaxseed for Pregnant women and Nursing moms

    • Folates in the seeds help prevent neural tube defects in fetus
    • Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens, which can influence milk production
    • Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in flaxseeds are essential during pregnancy
    • Flaxseeds can reduce the episodes of hot flushes to a great extent

    *Pregnant women should consult a doctor before consuming flaxseeds

  • Flaxseed for kids
  • Flaxseed for kids

    • Good for bone development due to calcium and phosphorus content
    • Iron content reduced risk of anemia
    • Flaxseeds boost the immune system and thus protect your baby
    • Protein in the seeds helps repair tissues and cells
  • Flaxseed for body organs
  • Flaxseed for body organs

    • Keeps the heart healthy
    • Protects blood vessels from inflammatory damage
    • Boosts the functioning of immune system
    • Maintain healthy skin
    • Help to get rid of constipation
    • lower blood pressure
    • Aid in the cure of psoriasis
    • Improve kidney function
  • Myths and facts
  • Myths and facts

    Myth : Flaxseeds can’t be given to infants

    Fact : Of course you can add flaxseeds to your baby’s diet; just make sure your baby is not allergic to flaxseeds. The ideal age to introduce flaxseeds to your baby’s diet is between 7-8 months.

    Myth : Flaxseed is high in calories

    Fact : A tablespoon of flaxseed (11 grams) contains around 50 calories, 2.5 gm of protein, 3.5 gm of fiber, 23 mg of calcium, 33 mcg of folate, and 2.5 gm of omega-3 fatty acid. Although flaxseed is over 82 percent fat, 57 percent of that is in the form of omega 3 essential fatty acid.

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