Flaxseeds in Ayurveda
Flaxseeds are considered a superfood with immune-boosting properties, providing strength and balancing the Vata element in Ayurveda.
Rich in flax oil (Medhya), flaxseeds contain Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids that boost brain activity, potentially aiding in combating depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, epilepsy, and other bipolar health disorders.
Flaxseeds possess anti-cancer properties, blocking the growth of cancer cells by preventing the formation of new blood vessels (anti-angiogenic) due to lignin content. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties enhance protection against radiation.
Regular consumption of flaxseeds can help improve glycemic control in obesity with pre-diabetes.
Functioning as an antidepressant, flaxseeds reduce hypertension, headache, fatigue, anxiety, and physical exhaustion associated with hypertension.
High mucilage concentration in flaxseeds makes them an excellent laxative.
Research suggests that flaxseeds are effective in resisting the infestation of free radicals, harmful substances, salt, uric acids, and also reduce the risk of liver diseases.
Flaxseeds regulate cholesterol and fat metabolism, improving HDL (good cholesterol) and reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.
In Ayurveda, flaxseed is considered heavy, slimy, and hot in nature. Excessive consumption may vitiate Pitta and Kapha, and it’s not recommended in bleeding disorders, diseases of the eyes, and certain other health issues.
There are two types of flaxseeds- brown and golden. The nutritional profile of both the varieties is almost the same. Flaxseeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. It is high in B complex vitamin, manganese and magnesium. Additionally, flaxseeds are low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who are on a weight loss and diabetic diet.