In continuation of our series of functional seeds, we have come up with this classic combination of seeds i.e.; Flax and pumpkin. The reason why we have clubbed them together is because of their similar health benefits. However, their appearance and taste are completely different from one another. In this blog we will discuss the various health benefits of consuming flax and pumpkin seeds. Especially for menstruating women, it can have innumerable benefits.
Even though they are different seeds, we will discuss some benefits that are common to both. This will help us understand its full nutritional value. Some common benefits are as follows:
- Rich in fatty acids
Both of these seeds are extremely rich in Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which is a boon for the non-meat eaters. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are a crucial part of human cell membrane, and are responsible for the systematic functioning of the internal organs of the body. It increases what is called as “Good HDL cholesterol”. Apart from this, it is also known to improve mental health and efficiently fight problems such as anxiety, depression, and so on. A handful of these seeds on a daily basis will keep you happier and healthier!
- Fibre rich
It is very important that our daily food intake has fibre rich foods, because they help in normalising bowl movements. Apart from that, a fibre rich diet can also help reduce cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and can also help achieve healthy weight. Pumpkin and flax seeds in particular are a rich source of soluble as well as non-soluble fibre. Soluble fibre dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. While non-soluble fibre promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fibre.
- Hormonal balance
Hormonal balance is an integral part of a woman’s life; at all stages, a woman goes through major internal changes that can disturb the balance between the hormones. Even though hormonal imbalance does not have any direct relation or can cause any serious illness, but it can create a lot of discomfort in daily life. Beginning right from cramps, to irregular menstrual cycle, the complications are countless. It is recommended to have pumpkin and flax seeds during the Follicular Phase, sincethey contain phytoestrogens that help adapt to the body’s estrogen levels by increasing and decreasing estrogen levels where needed. Flax seeds contain lignans that bind to estrogen so it can be removed from the body. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which prepares the body for progesterone secretion in the next phase. Both are great sources of omega 3s which help to reduce inflammation.
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