5 reasons to add flaxseed to your diet

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Updated 07 June 2020

5 reasons to add flaxseed to your diet

DUBAI: Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her advice on the superfoods that will help you lead a longer and healthier life…

Flaxseed is available in different forms — oil, powder, capsules and flour — but I would recommend buying the seeds and grinding them down. They are cheap, easily available and may be stored in your fridge for up to a month. Add a spoonful to smoothies, soups, or breadcrumbs. You can even use them as a substitute for eggs in vegan recipes. Flaxseed has so many health benefits, it could be described as a super superfood! Read on to find out how adding them to your diet can improve your health.

Breast cancer




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Flaxseed is very rich in phytonutrients called lignans, which have been shown to suppress the growth of breast cancer cells. Most seeds and berries are high in lignans, but just one spoon of flaxseed has more lignans than 10 cups of strawberries. Flaxseed is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent other cancers.

Sensitive skin

Have you ever suffered from itchy, burning or red skin for no obvious reason? Rather than spending a small fortune on lotions, add a teaspoon a day of ground flaxseed to your diet. It helps by improving skin barrier function, reducing inflammation and increasing hydration, leaving you with not just less sensitive skin but a smoother complexion altogether.

Weight loss




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Flaxseed is high in fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer. This, in turn, means you are likely to eat less, reducing your caloric intake. A number of studies have shown that adding flax to one’s diet has resulted in reduced body mass index and a smaller waist circumference.

Digestion

Ground flaxseed contains both soluble fiber (which helps slow digestion) and insoluble fiber (which softens stools making them easier to pass), both of which the body needs to function properly. Be careful to introduce flaxseed in smaller doses if you suffer from any gut-related conditions that cause digestive issues.

Cholesterol and heart health

Fiber, Omega-3 and lignans all improve heart health and help prevent cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Flaxseed contains all three of these components, as well as phytosterols, which help prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the intestines and reduces fat.


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ‘seem much happier’ after family trip 

Updated 10 August 2020

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ‘seem much happier’ after family trip 

DUBAI: US rapper Kanye West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, returned from their private family vacation in the Dominican Republic this week and they “both seem much happier,” People magazine reported. 

The celebrity couple took the trip last week to try to save their marriage. 

Problems between the parents-of-four started after the 43-year-old rapper announced he was running for the US presidency in 2020. Following a series of Twitter rants last month, the singer revealed he has been trying to divorce his wife.

A source close to the couple told the publication: “They had a good family week in the Dominican Republic. They are continuing the family vacation in Colorado. Kim and Kanye are getting along. They both seem much happier.”

On Friday, West shared a heart-warming video on Twitter of himself dancing with his eldest daughter North during their trip.