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Flax Seeds Or Chia Seeds? Here’s What You Should Choose

The nutritionist explained the numerous health benefits of flax seeds in her latest video.

Flax Seeds Or Chia Seeds? Here’s What You Should Choose

Flax seeds are loaded with fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Flax seeds can help you keep your digestion healthy
  2. You can add flax seeds to your diet in various ways
  3. Flax seeds are also known as alsi in India

The importance of adding nutritious superfood such as chia seeds to your diet has been reiterated by experts several times. Now, celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija explained why it was important to have a healthy dose of chia seeds regularly and listed out its various benefits. In her Instagram Reels, she said, “Chia seeds are superfood glorified. It is rich in Alpha-Linolenic Acid, also known as AlA, which is a plant-based omega 3 acid. It is essential for the body as the body cannot make it.” She further went on to list the several benefits of chia seeds. 

The seeds are good for cardiac health, regulate blood sugar, reduce the risk of cancer, promote bone health, and reduce chronic inflammation, Makhija said. She further acknowledged that chia seeds can be quite difficult to get your hands on. In the caption, she said, “Chia seeds top any healthy food chart but many struggles to get their hands on it. Cost, availability and knowledge of how to incorporate it into day to day life leave them baffled.”

Here's how flaxseeds are a good alternate to chia seeds


So what is the alternate? Flax seeds, the expert said. She explained in the note, “But you needn't pay three times the price for chia when its brother flaxseeds are so near and dear as alsi seeds are to Indian eating habits.”

Makhija added, “Flax seeds are richer in omega-3 and proteins. While chia seeds contain 6 gram of protein per 30 grams, flax seeds contain 8 grams. Moreover, flax seeds contain a phytochemical known as lignans, which chia seeds do not have. Lignans help reduce harsh symptoms of menopause.”

Also read: Chia Seeds: 8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Previously, the expert had also provided an Indian alternative to blueberries. She said, “Blueberries protect against cancer, DNA damage, reduce heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, UTIs and improve memory function.” The expert said that one could easily replace blueberries with Kala Jamun. “Ayurveda strongly recommends Kala Jamun for treating various conditions related to heart, arthritis, asthma, stomach pain, bowel spasm, flatulence and dysentery,” she said.

Also read: Flaxseed Oil Health Benefits: 5 Reasons Why You Should Try This Oil

Meanwhile, in response to a comment on her latest video, Makhija advised consuming two teaspoons of flax seeds a day to enjoy its numerous benefits. 


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