Tamil Name - ஆளி விதை - Aali Vidhai
Flax (also known as common flax or linseed), Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word "flax" may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.
1.They are cholesterol free, hence good for the heart as well.
2. They are a good source of fibre, aid in digestion, prevent constipation and help in suppressing hunger.
3. Other nutrients would include protein, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid), lignin and mucilage.
4. Regular consumption of flax seeds is good for skin, cancer prevention and facilitate weight-loss.
5. Flax seeds are great for women's health. The lignans present in them help in battling high levels of estrogen and help in maintaining balanced hormonal levels.
6. According to a Delhi-based weigh-management expert and nutritionist Dr. Gargi Sharma, "Flax seeds can help reduce menopausal symptoms, such as flushing and night sweats. Flax seeds can also help women with irregular periods and those with extreme symptoms of PMS - for example, headache, anxiety, mood swings etc. They also help in controlling heavy bleeding during menstruation, reduce the risk of breast cancer and improve uterine function."
7. In women, hair fall is often associated with hormonal imbalance and stress. Flax seeds are great for women health and therefore promote healthy hair as well.
8. They are also associated with reducing hypertension.
9. They are low in LDL (lipo-protein) or bad cholesterol.