Linseed is also known as Flax seed and is one of the ancient cultivated crops dating back to the Mesopotamian times. Specifically grown for its oil and fibre. These small and chewy seeds are jam-packed with nutrients, minerals, essential vitamins and antioxidants.
- They are rich in mono-unsaturated acids, such as oleic acid, are a great source of omega-3, essential fatty acids like, linoleic acid, arachidonic acids and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). Regular ingestion of linseed in small portions can help to lower LDl, ‘bad cholesterol’ and increase HDL, ‘good cholesterol’ levels in the blood.
Research studies have suggested that n-3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory action help lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers. Adequate quantities of n-3 oils are required for normal infant development and maturation of nervous system. Linseeds are known to contain lignans; a class of phytoestrogens considered to have antioxidant and cancer preventing properties. An excellent source of vitamin E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- Packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin,thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Thiamin is an essential co-factor for carbohydrate metabolism. Also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
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Nutritional Information (per 100g serve):