- DOES flaxseed help to lose weight? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND DAMAGES?
Flaxseed was a food that was used in everyone’s kitchen for a while, especially for weight loss, along with other reasons. Your reasons for using flaxseed are generally well-known, but how much is right and how much is wrong? In this article I; I will touch on the benefits of flaxseed and the well-known mistakes, harms and harmful effects on whom.
Flaxseed is usually included in what we call functional food or bioactive food. I can hear you say what is functional food… Functional food; They are foods or food components that provide additional benefits on human physiology and metabolic functions beyond meeting the body’s needs, thus showing effectiveness in preventing diseases and achieving a healthier life.
If we look at the content of flaxseed, 100 grams of flaxseed contains 35 grams of fiber. This indicates a high fiber content. It also contains 80 times more lignans than vegetables and fruits. It contains; There are potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid and B vitamins. About 55% of flaxseed oil consists of omega-3 fatty acids.
- BENEFITS OF flaxseed
With its high fiber content, flaxseed is good for IBS disease and constipation by increasing bowel movements and ensuring regular functioning of the intestines. Good omega-3 content increases the effectiveness of flaxseed in anti-inflammatory diseases, helps lower cholesterol and repair nerve tissues. It prevents the formation of arteriosclerosis. We talked about the lignan content of flaxseed. Lignans are plant estrogens. In other words, it has a similar effect to the estrogen hormone in the body. Flaxseed will help menopause syndromes as estrogen levels decrease in women entering menopause. Flaxseed has an anticarcinogenic effect with vitamin A, vitamin E and other antioxidant components in its content. In a study, it was seen that flaxseed slowed down the growth of cancer cells in cancer types that are not dependent on hormones.
- DOES flaxseed weaken?
For years, around me, he consumed spoonfuls of flaxseed to lose weight. So how much of this consumption is correct? Flaxseed, yes, has a weakening effect, but it does not have a direct weakening effect, as in all other nutrients. Since flaxseed has a high fiber content, it helps you lose weight by keeping you full for a long time. Your daily consumption should not exceed grams. As a snack to your diet; Adding 1 teaspoon of flaxseed (crushed) and 2 tablespoons of yogurt will help you lose weight.
1 teaspoon of flaxseed is 2 grams and 7 calories.
- DAMAGES OF flaxseed
When flaxseed is consumed excessively or for a long time, it increases oxidative stress in the body, harms the body and creates cancer risk. It contains a substance that prevents the absorption of vitamin B6. Therefore, long-term or excessive use may lead to vitamin B6 deficiency. In addition, flaxseed can negatively affect the absorption of minerals such as zinc and calcium.
- WHO SHOULD NOT USE flaxseed?
It should not be used by pregnant and lactating women, those at risk of breast and prostate cancer, those using diabetes medication, blood thinners and blood pressure medication, and those with grass and weed allergies.
Wishing you a healthy day….