Typically, one tablespoon or 7 grams of ground fax seeds is loaded with nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium Phosphorus, etc. It is a good source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, but it is mainly known for Omega-3 fatty acids which are a substitute for cod liver oil. It is the best substitute for fish for vegans and vegetarians. Flax seeds also help in preventing breast cancer and prostate cancer because it contains a group of nutrients called lignans.
Lignans are a very powerful source of antioxidants and estrogen properties. Adding flax seeds to your diet can improve your digestive health by keeping your regular bowel movements intact. We all know that how flax seeds are packed with fiber which can aid in improving heart health, lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Since it can control the blood sugar level, it can also be very helpful for people who have diabetes.
Making it one of the best plant-based proteins, it is very popular amongst people who do not consume fish or meat. It is rich in amino acids that help with immune function, tumors, and anti-fungal infections. Flax seed is most talked about amongst the people who are trying to manage their weights and doing intermittent fasting. Consuming flax seeds can aid in weight management by keeping you full and controlling your appetite.
Apart from being a ‘super food’, flax seed has immense skin and hair growth benefits. It can help you to get a healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Since flaxseed is rich in vitamin E, it can help in repairing hair and reducing split ends. It also keeps your scalp hydrated. Flaxseed gel and hair mask can be easily made at home and can be used daily. It’s so good for your hair that it can easily give a competition to the posh hair salons.
Some Benefits are:
1. It can make your hair lustrous and smooth, without using any chemical treatments.
2. Vitamin E present in Flaxseeds works brilliantly for skin as well as hair. It promotes a healthy scalp that results in hair growth and reducing hair damage.
3. Use of flaxseed can prevent premature graying of the hair.
4. Omega-3 present in the flaxseeds can prevent dry scalp, dandruff, and hair thinning keeping them nourished, especially during winters.
5. Tropical application, as well as consumption of flax seeds, can substantially improve your hair quality and elasticity of hair strands preventing hair breakage.
Flaxseed gel can be bought as well as prepared at home. Flaxseed oil can be mixed with other oils like Coconut or Olive oil or Sesame Oil and then applied on the hair for nourishment or can be used independently in a small quantity. YouTube influencers like Brenda Blanco, Audrey Victoria, Duro Cubillo, all have tested the flaxseed gel and raved about its benefits. They have all given their mixes and recipes for Flaxseed hair masks but one commonality between all of them is the recipe for flaxseed gel.
Things you need to prepare flax seed gel are-
1. Some Flaxseed
2. Muslin cloth
3. Filtered water
4. Aloe Vera gel or essential oils such as jojoba oil, argan, or castor oil. (Optional)
Boil the water in a pot and add flax seeds to it. Bring the mixture to a boil by stirring it continuously, and when you start to notice the white froth begin to form, take the pot off the stove and let it rest. As the mixture will start cooling, it will also get thick. The mixture can be filtered through muslin or cheesecloth, once it is completely cool. Add some Aloe Vera gel or any of the above-mentioned essential oils to the filtered gel.
You can apply this gel daily if you particularly have a dry scalp or battle with lifeless, dull hair. You can keep this gel for an hour on your hair and wash it with shampoo or just simply with water to maintain the quality of your hair and keep the naturally conditioned. This gel can be easily stored in your refrigerator. Otherwise, you can use a small amount of the same gel and apply it on hair and your scalp; it can maintain your natural curls and also protect hair from pollution and dust. But please do make sure to consult your dermatologist if your scalp feels irritated and on the choice and quality of ingredients. Having said that, please also make sure to practice moderation in terms of application.