Flax seed

What is PCOS?

PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a condition in which the eggs do not mature due to a hormonal disorder. As a result, irregular periods and related symptoms are experienced. This symptom occurs among women in the reproductive age. While the trigger of PCOS can be anything between heredity to lifestyle, the chances of curing PCOS is pretty slim. All you can do is to manage it effectively with proper diet, exercise and natural remedies.

What are flax seeds?

Flax seeds are the seeds of the flax plant. These are also referred to as linseed. While flax or linen is used for making a variety of textiles, the seeds have various nutritious benefits. Flax seeds are available in brown and golden colours. The brown ones are more commonly available worldwide.

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Nutrition information

Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. It is a great supplement for those who would like to drop a few pounds in a healthy way. In addition, flax seeds also contain lignans which reduce the androgen levels in the body. This is hence ideal for women. Flax seeds also are known to be good for diabetics since these slow down the metabolism of glucose. In addition, flax seeds are known to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

Availability of flax seeds

Flax seeds are produced in various countries across the globe. While Canada, China, Russia and India top the production of flax seeds, these are also available in various other countries and are exported extensively as well. Flax seeds are available over the counter in most countries these days. For those who do not have access to flax seeds, capsules or oil could be a good substitute.

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How does flax seed control PCOS?

Flax seeds help by reducing the levels of testosterone in the body. In addition, many PCOS sisters who suffer due to being over weight can reduce their weight by regularly consuming flax seeds.

How to consume

Flax seeds are available in various forms. Based on what your preferences are, you can include flax seeds in your diet in that form.

Smoothie

  • A smoothie can be made with cinnamon, mint, strawberries and flax seeds. Use one tablespoon of flax seeds, little cinnamon, 6-7 strawberries and a few mint leaves. Strawberries can be substituted by bananas, apple or any other fruit which you like.
  • Add the above ingredients and blend them with water till they are smooth and creamy.
  • Drink a glass of this smoothie for breakfast.

This smoothie is doubly beneficial since cinnamon also helps in controlling PCOS symptoms.

Flax seeds powder

You can make a fine powder of flax seeds at home by dry grinding them. You can sprinkle this powder on any of your dishes or add it to your smoothie. You can also just take a spoon of powder with water.

Flax seed oil

Pressing of the dried seeds of flax gives a golden yellow oil which can be used in a variety of treatments. A tablespoon of the oil can be used in a variety of dishes just as a seasoning or you can drink it in the morning on an empty stomach or after food if you aren’t too fussy about the taste. This oil has omega 3 fatty acids and can be good with green salads too.

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Flax seed capsules

Flax seed capsules which consist of the oil of flax seeds are easily available. These golden treasures can be taken once a day after food. If you are currently on any medication, kindly consult with your medical practitioner before taking these capsules. But generally speaking, these are natural and do not have any side effects if consumed in moderation.

Side effects

Regular consumption of flax seeds may increase the bowel movement for some.

In addition to this, larger doses may cause stomach pain / cramps, diarrhea and nausea. These depend on the person and is not likely to occur for all.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.