There are a few super foods that work wonders with our health in building immunity, strengthening bones and providing nutrients that our body cannot produce. Here, we are going to talk about the oil seeds sesame and flaxseed.
Sesame is a flowering plant and is cultivated for its edible oil seeds which grow in pods. Sesame seeds have many potential health benefits that are used in tolk medicines and food preparations. To optimize your nutrient intake, you can eat sesame seeds soaked, roasted or sprouted.
- They are a good source of fibre and nutritious plant protein that support digestive health.
- They help in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and thus, lower the blood pressure and arrest heart disease.
- They support healthy bones and help to reduce inflammation and control arthritis.
- The nutrients like selenium, iron, copper, zinc and vitamin B6 support thyroid health.
- Laddus prepared of sesame and jaggery are very popular during ‘Makar Sankranti
- Phytoestrogen compounds found in sesame benefit women who are undergoing menopause
- Plant compounds and vitamin E in sesame seeds function as antioxidants which combat oxidative stress in our body.
- The iron, copper and vitamin B6 present in sesame help blood cell formation and its function.
- Sesame seeds are good source of thiamine, niacin and vitamin B6 that help proper cellular function and metabolism.
Flax seeds, also known as linseeds are a great source of fibre and omega-3 fats, particularly alpha linolenic acid (ALA), ALA is one of the two essential fatty acids that we need to obtain from the food we eat, as our body does not produce For them. centuries,
flax seeds have been prized for their health protective properties.
Top ten health benefits of flax seeds are as follows:
- Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients.
- They are high in Omega-3 fats.
- They are the rich source of Lignans, the disease fighting antioxidants that help in reducing cancer risk and heart disease..
- They help in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
- They are helpful in low blood pressure.
- ALA present in them help in lowering the risk of stroke.
- Eating of ten grams of flax seed daily improves digestion, prevents constipation and thus helps in weight reduction.
- Very useful in lowering LDL among the postmenopausal women.
- Helpful in lowering prostate cancer in men.
- Good for overall health.
Flax seeds can be added in the preparation of breads, roties, cookies, muffins etc. Ground flax seed can be added into yoghurt, hot oatmeal or cold cereal or blended into smoothies. You can top green salad with a table spoon of crunchy whole flax seeds. They are incredibly versatile. So try them in some of your favourite recipes.