Everything (almost) about Flax seeds

Realising there wasn’t much information out there in our collective minds, about flax seed, we thought a quick primer may help us remember just how beneficial flax seeds can be.

      1. Flax seed, called alsi in northern India, comes from the Flax plant, also known as common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum, a crop grown for food and fibre.
      2. Cloth woven from Flax fibre is generally called linen.
      3. Oil from the seeds of the Flax plant is called linseed oil and is extensively used in woodworking among other applications.
      4. Flaxseed comes in two varieties – brown and yellow/golden. Nutritionally, both are considered equivalent.
      5. Ground flax seed supplies about 534 calories, 41 grams of fat, 28 grams of fibre, and 20 gram of protein for every 100 grams.
      6. Ground flax seed must be consumed quickly or it’ll go rancid within the week, unless refrigerated.
      7. Flaxseed can be sprouted too!
      8. Eating too much flax seed without drinking sufficient water, may cause constipation.
      9. Flaxseed is a nutritional powerhouse. Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Zinc are just a few of the nutrients contained in higher amounts. There are more! Check out the PDF below to see the many nutrients present in flaxseed.
      10. The top producers of flax worldwide, in descending order of production totals are, Canada, China, Russia, India and the  United Kingdom.
      11. Flax fibre is used in currency notes, cigarette paper and tea  bags too, among other applications
      12. Flax could play a role in suppressing the growth of breast and prostrate cancers. As per some sources, a fat restricted diet, in combination with the consumption of flaxseed, could result in even greater suppression of prostrate cancers.
      13. Eating one tablespoon a day of ground flaxseed may aid in the prevention and even reversal of diabetes. (See video)
      14. Aids in reducing skin sensitivity in addition to condition.
      15. Flax seeds could aid in the alleviation of breast pain. (See video)
      16. Hypertensive patients could benefit from the consumption of flaxseed too. (See video)
      17. Lignans are a phytonutrient associated with the prolonged survival of those afflicted with cancer. Flax seeds are the #1 source of lignans, containing more than 800 times more lignans than any other food.
      18. Who should eat flax seeds?
        1. Men with a history of prostrate disease, including prostrate cancer.
        2. Oestrogen deficient, post-menopausal women.
        3. Men or women with a history of diabetes
      19. Who should avoid eating flax seeds?
        1. Women taking birth control pills or are undergoing hormone replacement therapy of any sort.
        2. Infants and young children (substitute fish oil instead).
        3. Women with a history of ovarian, breast or uterine cancer, especially estrogen-receptive breast cancer.
        4. Adolescent girls and women under 30 years should regulate intake to less than once or twice a week.
        5. Women who are breast feeding.
        6. Women with a history of endometriosis or PCOD/PCOS.

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  • Geeta Gudavarthi

    Would you know if it is safe to dry fry and then store the powdered flax? I want to try a garlic flax chutney powder types. Would that be safe?

    • sidkhullar

      Not for large batches. Please refrigerate and make a week’s batch in one go.