Benefits of Flax seeds for Women
Flax seeds have many health benefits such as the reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes and improved digestion. They are usually yellow or brown. They can be consumed roasted, whole, milled or often processed into flaxseed oil. These seeds have lately gained a lot of popularity as a health food or a superfood because of their high content of omega-3 fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Apart from giving overall health benefits did you know flax seeds can be helpful for women with heavy monthly cycles or hormonal imbalances?
Flax Seeds for women with heavy monthly cycles or hormonal imbalances:
Flaxseeds work wonders for a woman’s hormonal problems. They are a great source of lignans, a natural compound which can help balance hormones and also help reduce high levels of estrogen. Regularly eating flaxseeds helps in normalizing the ovulation process during the menstrual cycle. Flax seeds are also high in omega 3 fatty acids and they are most beneficial for menstrual pain.
How do these flax seeds work?
They are known as Phyto-estrogen or a plant-based estrogen that has a weaker effect than the estrogen our body makes. This can be beneficial for you as these phytoestrogens will bind to estrogen receptors with a weaker effect and reduce estrogen dominance.
Seed cycling involves adding specific seeds to your diet at different times in your cycle to help with hormonal health. In the first follicular phase (Days 1-14) of your cycle, you consume pumpkin seeds and flax seeds when your period starts and sunflower seeds and sesame seeds during the second luteal phase (14-28). This is great for regulating menstrual cycles and readjusting estrogen balance.
Adding flaxseeds to your diet may help you if you experience premenstrual symptoms. Prostaglandins are responsible for cramping during menstruation, adding flaxseeds can help to slow the release of this substance.
How to use flaxseeds
- You can spruce up your salads, chia pudding and salads by sprinkling flax seeds on them. Along with your greens and other nuts, flax seeds can give you a very healthy and satisfying lunch.
- You can even add them in your smoothies and soups. They add more nutrients to them.
- You can use them raw in some recipes you like or even grind them into powder and sprinkle on your food.
Typically you can consume 1-2 tbsps of flax seeds, but do not heat them as you will damage the omega 3 fats.
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