AMAZING BENEFITS OF FLAXSEED FOR OLDER PEOPLE

AMAZING BENEFITS OF FLAXSEED FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Flax is a crop and flaxseed is the seed of that plant, Linum usitatissimum. Flaxseed is also known as linseed.  Flaxseed is found in two forms that are yellow and brown. An essential vegetable oil can be obtained from flaxseed called flaxseed oil or linseed oil.  It is edible commercial oil. Flaxseed is the rich source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA).

It is the world’s most powerful medicinal food. Flaxseed and its oil are used during cooking. Apart from the culinary uses both are used to make medicine to prevent different kinds of disorder. It has several beneficial effects on health, especially for old age people.

BENEFITS OF FLAXSEED FOR OLDER PEOPLE:

Older people are more prone to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, poor digestive system, constipation, osteoporosis and other menopausal symptoms in older women. Flaxseeds treat all of these as follows:

  • PROTECT FROM CANCER: Flaxseeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which protect the body from ovarian cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer. Flaxseeds contain lignans, which are plant estrogen is converted to enterolactone and enterodiol by intestinal bacteria. enterolactone and enterodiol are two hormones which reduce the rate of cancer.
  • CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR: Studies reveal that taking flaxseeds regularly can lower the blood glucose level in patients with glucose intolerance. Flaxseeds powder can reduce the fasting blood glucose level in patients with type II diabetes mellitus.
  • HELPFUL IN WEIGHT LOSS: Flaxseeds are rich in fiber. Hunger and appetite are reduced by taking flaxseed. For this body weight is reduced in people with obesity and overweight.
  • REDUCE CHOLESTEROL: Addition of flaxseeds in the daily diet can decrease the bad cholesterol that is low-density lipoprotein level and total cholesterol in the blood. The soluble fiber decreases the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive system and also binds the bile which is made from cholesterol in the gallbladder.
  • LOWER THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE: Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogen which is anti-atherosclerotic and also regresses atherosclerotic plaque. Lignans, present in flaxseeds can lower the C-reactive protein which is associated with cardiovascular diseases.
  • REDUCE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Dietary intake of flaxseed control the blood pressure. It treats hypertension.
  • IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH: The alpha linoleic acid content of flaxseed can improve and maintain digestive health by protecting the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and reducing guts inflammation.
  • PREVENT CONSTIPATION: The dietary fiber present in flaxseeds can retain water and increase the bowel movement and thereby prevent constipation.
  • LOWER THE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS: After menopause women are at higher risk to develop osteoporosis. Consumption of flaxseed revert the symptoms of osteoporosis due to having the estrogenic property of lignans in flaxseeds. It also treats other menopausal symptoms like dryness of vagina, sweating, reduced sleep etc.
  • DELAY AGEING: Flaxseeds are a good source of antioxidants which can delay aging by preventing free radical damage in older people.
  • ENHANCE MEMORY: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is required for proper brain development. This DHA can be obtained by the conversion of 5% omega-3 fatty acid of flaxseeds. This can enhance memory.
  • BOOST IMMUNITY: Lignans of flaxseeds have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties. Intake of flaxseeds increase natural immunity and protect the body from infection, common cold and flu.