Flaxseed or Alsi are important oilseeds that are rich in fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and minerals. It is useful in managing constipation as they support bowel movement due to its laxative property. This activity promotes easy removal of the stools. Flaxseed is also beneficial for the skin as it has antibacterial and antioxidant activities.
What are the synonyms of Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is also known as Linum usitatissimum, Alasi, Teesi, Linseed, Alsi, Marshina, Javasu, Alasi, Atasi, Bittu, Neempushpi, Kshuma.
Benefits of Flaxseed
Flaxseed contains some bioactive components, such as ?-linoleic acid, that may help lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood.
Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) that causes accumulation of bad cholesterol and blockage in the blood vessels. Flaxseed helps to improve Agni (digestive fire) and reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also helps to remove the blockage from the blood vessels by eliminating toxins.
Manages Heart Diseases
Flaxseed (Alsi) may help manage heart diseases due to omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans. It lowers total cholesterol and low-density protein (LDL) levels in the blood that reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries and irregular heartbeat.
High cholesterol is one of the common reasons for many heart diseases.
It is due to an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Flaxseed helps to improve Agni (digestive fire) and reduce Ama. It also helps to remove the blockage from the blood vessels by eliminating toxins, which reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Flaxseed is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, which increases the time food remains in the stomach and promotes a feeling of fullness. As it helps in satiety, it ultimately helps in dealing with obesity and weight management.
Unhealthy food habits and lifestyle lead to a weak digestive fire, increasing Ama’s accumulation and causing an imbalance in meda dhatu. Flaxseed helps correct digestive fire and reduce Ama due to its Ushna(hot) nature responsible for weight gain.
As Flaxseed (Alsi) has fiber and laxative properties, it adds bulk to stools and stimulates intestinal muscles’ relaxation and contraction. Thus, it may be useful in the prevention and management of constipation.
Aggravated Vata dosha causes constipation. Frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee, or tea, aggravates Vata in the large intestine and causes constipation. Flaxseed (Alsi)helps correct constipation due to its Vata balancing and Rechana (laxative) properties.
Delays Diabetes Type 1 & Type 2 (symptoms)
Flaxseed (Alsi) may be useful in managing diabetes and pre-diabetes in obese individuals. It decreases the level of blood glucose and insulin levels and increases insulin sensitivity.
Diabetes (Madhumeha) is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion that leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxins) in the pancreatic cells. Flaxseed helps correct impaired digestion due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It reduces Ama and improves the function of insulin. Flaxseed also has Tikta (bitter) property and helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Manages Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Flaxseed may help manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as it is rich in dietary fiber. Insoluble fiber binds with water and increases the intestinal bulk, which may give relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
According to Ayurveda, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), also known as Grahani, causes an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Flaxseed helps to improve Pachak Agni (digestive fire) due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.
Flaxseed is a rich source of Fructose, Linamarine, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid, Kempherol, Sitosterol, Phenylpropanoid glycoside. These constituents are responsible for its pharmacological properties, such as anti-diabetic, antihypertensive, gastroprotective, and wound healing activities.
Flaxseed is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Flaxseed boosts immunity, increases energy production in the body, and reduces fatigue symptoms, thus improving stamina. It helps reduce hair loss as well as dandruff and adds shine to hair.
Flaxseed helps manage indigestion and diarrhea that occur due to an imbalance of Vata dosha. The Ushna (hot) and Grahi (absorbent) properties help with indigestion and diarrhea. It is also beneficial in some skin problems like irritation due to its Kashaya (astringent) property, which provides healthy glowing skin. It also helps improve internal strength due to its Balya (strength provider) property.
Flaxseed is beneficial for arteries as it helps reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Thereby reducing the risk of arterial blockage.
Flaxseed helps remove Ama (toxic remains in the body due to incomplete digestion) in arteries that accumulate due to weak or poor digestion. The Ushna (hot) and Rechana (laxative) properties of Flaxseed helps manage this condition by improving digestion and excrete out accumulated toxins from the body.
Yes, Flaxseed (Alsi) is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that act as natural blood thinner.
Flaxseed may help manage high blood pressure due to its fiber, lignans, ?-linoleic acid, and arginine. Arginine is required to produce nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator (medications that open dilate blood vessels). It may lower blood pressure in the case of hypertensive patients.
Yes, Flaxseed seeds are rich in antioxidants (like lignans, phenolic compounds, and tocopherols) that protects the body from damage caused by free radicals (oxidative stress).
Yes, Flaxseeds are rich in nutrients. It is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for non-fish eaters. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Flaxseed seeds have a high amount of proteins and amino acids. They are also rich in antioxidants (like lignans and phenolic compounds) and dietary fiber.
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Flaxseed (Alsi) may affect hormone metabolism in postmenopausal women. It may reduce the estradiol level and increase the level of prolactin in the blood.
Yes, Flaxseed might help in protecting against radiation as it has photoprotective effects. Ultraviolet light has the potential to damage body cells by destroying the natural antioxidant defense system of the body. Flaxseed contains a high amount of antioxidants (polyphenolic compounds, e.g., lignans), which helps to fight against free radical-mediated cell damage (apoptosis) and protects the body against radiation.
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Flaxseed (Alsi) may be beneficial for your hair due to its antibacterial and antioxidant activity.
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Flaxseed (Alsi) may be beneficial for your skin due to its antibacterial and antioxidant activity.
Flaxseed helps manage skin problems like skin allergy, wounds, and other skin diseases. It helps to reduce skin inflammation and promote wound healing due to its Ropan (healing) property.
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