The Hush Post|10:40 am| 2-min-read
Old timers always knew the benefits of flaxseeds, commonly called alsi, and also their consumption in moderation.In today’s times when old nuskas are coming in use again, we are using our tit-bits of information the wrong way.
Flaxseeds are loaded with goodness of omega-3 fatty acids. This constituent in alsi, in simple terms, keeps our heart healthy. Alsi is the best substitute for fish or cod liver oil.
Alsi is a good source of dietary fibre. Flax seeds make platelets, which are the blood cells involved in clotting, less sticky. So, the overall effect of alsi on cholesterol and blood clotting may lower the risk of hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis).
Dosage: You can consume 3 to 4 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed in a day. If you are ingesting seeds, just about one tablespoon a day (of seeds not powder) is enough. If you are taking flaxseed for constipation, consume 2 tablespoons daily.Toddlers should consume about 1 tablespoon per day. You can consume it in different forms as salad dressings, mix it with salt or knead into dough for making chapatis, or mix with other ingredients to make ladoos.
Read the side-effects of overusage of alsi:
Not meant for diabetics
Studies suggest that using flax seeds could elevate blood sugar level. So, if you are diabetic, stay away from Omega 3 supplements.
Can cause intestinal blockage
Researchers say that using flax seeds in large doses or with very less fluid can obstruct intestines or the oesophagus. People suffering from scleroderma (hardening of skin) should also avoid these Omega 3-rich foods as they can result in intense constipation.
Affect hormones in women
Excessive consumption can affect natural flow of hormones in women. Alsi constituents imitate the functioning of the woman hormone ‘estrogen’. Women, who use this dietary supplement regularly, will notice variations in their menstrual cycles. It can lead to women suffering polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids, endometriosis.
Studies suggest flax seeds should not be eaten excessively in pregnancy. The hormonal varying property can induce menstrual cycle in the pregnant woman affecting the mother and the unborn baby.
The presence of high amount of fibre in alsi can increase your bowel movement. You might even experience diarrhea. If used over longer periods of time, it can cause irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis
Might worsen inflammation
The Omega 3 fatty acids present in these tiny brown seeds prevent plaque deposition on arteries.So, they should be lessening inflammation.
However, according to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, these seeds are not effective in easing inflammation. The study suggests eaten above permissible levels, flax seeds could worsen inflammation.
Delays clotting time
Excessive use of flax seed can impair the clotting of blood. If you get a cut or bruise, it might take longer to heal because clotting happens slowly which in turn retards healing process. Overdose of alsi can cause vomiting with blood and blood in stool.
Studies suggest that using flax seeds in an exaggerated way is known to trigger bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood—being very happiness or suffering bout of depression.
Might cause allergies
Studies conducted under laboratory conditions suggest that some people might develop allergic reactions. Extensive obstructed breathing, dip in the blood pressure levels, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are some of the manifestations.
Excessive use can cause cancer
Studies suggest that excessive use of these seeds can put women under a high risk of breast cancer. Men are also put at risk of prostate cancer.