Sri Sri Ayuveda’s Flaxseed Oil Capsules contain nature’s most abundant vegetarian source of Omega Fatty Acids – Flaxseed.
Flaxseed, also called Linseed (Latin Name: Linum usitatissimum), is a food and fiber crop that is usually grown in the cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from Flax are called Linen.
Flaxseeds come in 2 basic varieties, brown and yellow. Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short chain fatty acids. Flaxseed oil is derived from Flaxseed which is one of the oldest commercial oils and also known for its rich content of Omega Fatty Acids.
In India, Flaxseed is known as Alsi. In Northern India, it is consumed traditionally by roasting, powdering and along with rice.
Here are some of the benefits of Flaxseed Oil:
One of the main benefits of Flaxseed is that it is a rich source of mucilage gum content. Mucilage is a water-soluble gel forming fiber, which is highly beneficial for the intestinal tract. Mucilage holds the food for a longer duration in the stomach and thus increases nutrient absorption from the food.
57% of the total fatty acids in Flaxseed Oil is Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA), one of three Omega Fatty Acids. These are considered to be good fats and are beneficial to the heart. Flaxseed is one of the richest (if not the richest) sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
The soluble fiber content of flaxseeds traps the fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it is unable to be easily absorbed. This soluble fiber also traps bile, which is made from cholesterol. The bile is then removed from the body via the digestive system, signaling the body to take up more bile, thus using up the excess cholesterol.
Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are essentially estrogen type compounds with antioxidant qualities that scavenge free radicals in the body. Flaxseed is a rich source of Lignans. It contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant sources.