Power food is food which is full of Omega-3 Fats, high class proteins and bouquet of vitamins and minerals. Flaxseed is only affordable food in the modern era power which fits in the definition of power food.
1- Botanical name of Flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum, means useful seed The World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute recognizes flaxseed as a “super food.”
2- Mahatma Gandhi wrote: “Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health.”
3- Flaxseed is richest source of Omega-3 Fatty acid Alfa-Linolenic acidALAon earth. Flaxseed contains 30-40% oil (including 36-50% alpha linolenic acid, 23-24% linoleic acid- Omega-6 fatty acids and oleic acids), mucilage (6%), protein (25%), Vitamin B group, lecithin, selenium, calcium, folate, magnesium, zinc, iron, carotene, sulfur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, chromium and cobalt. Flaxseed is beneficial from infancy to old age.
4- Flaxseed is also richest source of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-lupus, anti-HIV and anti-carcinogenic Lignans on earth, several hundred times more than any other source. Lignan is a plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) and helps stabilize a woman’s estrogen-progesterone ratio, so they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle and relieve the hot flashes of menopause. Flax seed is known to reduce symptoms of PMS and osteoporosis. These lignans promote normal ovulation and promote consistent ovulation. Flax seed has been found to substantially increase milk production in women who are not producing enough milk to nurse their infants. Lignan prevents Prostate, Breast, Cervical,Colonand skin cancers.
5- Flaxseed is richest, purest and safest source of essential and live omega-3 fatty acid Alpha Linolenic AcidALA, which keeps us free from ailments. Essential means they can not be made in our body while fish omega-3 fats DHA and EPA can be formed in our body from ALA. Omega-3 fats are very important part of cell membranes and impart them desired softness, liquidity, elasticity and permeability. Our bodies function best when our diets contain a well-balanced ratio of ratio of omega-6 and omega-3, meaning 1:1 0r 1:2. But we typically eat 10 to 40 times or more omega-6 than omega-3, which is a prescription for trouble. This imbalance inflames our body and puts us at greater risk for a number of serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and arthritis.
6- Because they are high in dietary fiber, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. The researcher concluded that flaxseed relieved constipation more effectively than psyllium. Taken for inflammatory bowel disease, flaxseed can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage.
7- Flaxseed is very low in actual sugars, so researchers call it a zero carb food. It creates a feeling of satiation (feeling of fullness and satisfaction following a meal) and increase BMR. So the cells generate more heat and burn calories, hence it is dieters dream and devil diabetes paradise.
8- Flaxseed cleans blood vessels like a sweeper and keeps the blood thinner. It helps to lower high blood pressure, clears clogged coronaries, lowers high blood cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and raises good HDL cholesterol. Flaxseeds prevent clot formation in arteries, means attacks on root cause of heart attack.
9- The Flaxseed is a feel good food and keeps your mind cool and cheerful. Your mood is always elated and positive. This is super anti depressant. Flaxseeds are essential for the function and structure of the brain and improve cognition, memory and concentration. It helps to treats Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. It improves vision and color perception.
10- Flaxseed is SIM CARD if minds circuitry. Here SIM means Serene, Imagination and Memory and CARD denotes Creativity Concentration, Alertness, Reading writing & thinking ability and divine.
11- Flaxseed is very popular among celebrities and athletes. Lara Dutta, Ashmit Patel, Hrithik Roshan etc. are all mad for flax. An article entitled “Best of the Best”, published in the bodybuilding and health enthusiast magazine Muscle Media 2000, claims flaxseed as “the hottest idea in bodybuilding” and “a surprising new category of bodybuilding supplement.” Mr. Dan Duchene in his column “Ask the Guru”, also writing for Muscle Media 2000, and ranked flaxseed as the number one bodybuilding supplement compared to all other available products.
12- It is a one point answer to all ailments and problems of skin, hair and nails. It nourishes strengths, soothes and rejuvenates them. It is an internal and edible cosmetic. Soft, silky, fair, moist, radiant and glowing skin is an interesting side effect of Flaxseed consumption. Dry skin, acne, eruptions, rosacea, eczema, skin cancers, wrinkles, age spots, dry or brittle nails, dandruff, hair loss, premature graying of hair and psoriasis often respond well to the Flaxseed’s anti-inflammatory actions. It is a fountain of youth. You look years younger to your age.
13- Flaxseed boosts body’s defense mechanisms and enhances immunity.
14- Flaxseed also plays a role in keeping sperm healthy, which may be of value in treating male infertility and they can improve erectile dysfunction. Many patients reported that it delayed their ejaculation times drastically.
15- Flaxseed is a solution for are joint problem. It cures arthritis, gout, sciatica, lupus and osteo arthritis. It is cheep and better alternative of joint replacement therapy.
( Courtesy Dr O P Verma)