Aug 28, 2013

Alsi - Ali Vidhai (Flax Seeds)

Alsi - Ali Vidhai

English: Flaxseeds, also known as Linseed
Malayalam: Cheruchana Vithu, Cheru Chanambu
Hindi: Alsi
Tamil: Ali vidhai
Marathi: Atasi, Jawas
Bengali: Tishi
Oriya: Pesi
Kannada: Agasi
Telugu: Avise ginzalu

Flax seeds come in two basic varieties, brown and yellow or golden, with most types having similar nutritional values and equal amounts of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

The Benefits of Consuming Flaxseed

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, can be easily incorporated into your diet and have numerous health benefits. Flax has been touted as a "superfood," which means that it contains a rare blend of nutrients that are found in few others foods.

Benefits in:

1)Cholesterol 2) Cancer 3) Constipation 4) Menopausal Symptoms 5) Cardiovascular Health,Weight Loss and Diabetes 6) Immune System and Inflammation 7) Depression, Memory and Attention Deficit Disorder

Flax contains essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, that help the body with many functions including controlling cholesterol levels and balancing good and bad fats.

Flax contains lignans which prevent the growth of many types of cancer including colon, prostate and breast cancers. Lignans are in flaxseeds 800 times more than any other food or supplement and are more concentrated in the whole, unmilled flaxseed.

Flax is a great source of fiber which alleviates constipation. Flaxseeds also helps relive intestinal inflammation that can lead to Crohn's disease.

Menopausal Symptoms
A poor diet can exacerbate menopausal symptoms, and a flaxseed supplement helps to balance estrogen levels and fill out an imbalance, modern diet.

Cardiovascular Health, Weight Loss and Diabetes
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of all omega-3 essential fatty acids (including alpha-linoleic acids) that are critical for reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as cancer. Omega-3s help balance blood sugar, boost metabolism and control appetite. Flax is known to help keep fats moving, as it emulsifies them in the body instead of storing them and keeps arteries from hardening.

Immune System and Inflammation

Flaxseeds are known to boost the immune system and relieve inflammation resulting from auto-immune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Depression, Memory and Attention Deficit Disorder
The high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in flaxseeds help keep the brain, and its neural pathways functioning properly so the brain does not have to overcompensate for inefficient links between cells.

Consuming flaxseeds should not encourage you to eat poorly or not exercising regularly. While all of the health benefits of flaxseeds that are listed above have been evaluated for efficacy, flaxseeds are not a miracle product that will erase of multitude of sins from unhealthy living.

The best place to store flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

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