What is in size?? Well, when it comes to flax seeds, the health benefits measures it as huge among other nutritious grains. It might be tiny but it is the mighty among all seeds (also grains). The flax seed can be seen as the fully loaded nutritious grain on the planet.
Flax seed or Flax Grain? Technically we don’t see Flaxseeds do not come under the category of grains as it contains a good amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Anti-oxidants and fibers which are not found in the grains generally but, its profile in terms of minerals and vitamins is quite similar to that of grains.
Flaxseeds originating in Mesopotamia, are known as Linum usitatissimum with it species name meaning "most useful." That would definitely describe the versatility and nutritional value of this tiny little seed. Slightly larger than sesame seeds, they have a hard shell that is smooth, shiny and with nutty edges. Their color ranges from deep amber to reddish brown depending upon whether the flax is of the golden or brown variety with warm flavor.
Flax seeds also contain large amount of phytochemicals including anti-oxidants and lignans. In addition to these flax seeds also contain magnesium, Vitamin B1 or Thiamine, manganese, phosphorus, tryptophan and copper. They are the very good source of carbohydrates, fats, protein and fibers along with Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium.
Looking in to the health benefits of flax seeds and flax seed oil, the Omega 3 FA found in the flaxseeds are very important for the sound health of the body and they are also known to aid in the cure as well as prevention of certain dreaded diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, Eczema, Migraine, Cancer, High blood pressure, Osteoporosis, Cardio vascular diseases, Obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and attention deficit disorder.
Do we witness any side effects of flax seed or oil? Not actually. But as we know that excess of anything is bad, so is the case with flax seeds and flax seed oil. We should avoid over dosage as we see that most of the side effects are caused due to over dosage only.
It is difficult to find so simple grain then the flax seed. It is high time for us to include this tiny mighty grain in our recipes for a healthy life...
Thanks to: www.healthcastle.com