WHAT IS FLAX SEED?
Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum
Hindi Name: Alsi beej
Flax seeds also called as linseeds are small, chewy, brown or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega 3 fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It is an erect annual plant that grows about 1 to 1.5 meters and bears light-blue colored attractive flowers. The seeds appears smooth, glossy and flat. Flax seeds belongs to the family linaceae. It has a bitter, acrid and sweet taste.
Chemical constituent of flax seed: Alpha linoleic acid, lignans.
It has following rich nutrient content per 100 g with RDA percentage:-
|Dietary Fiber||27 mg||109%|
WHAT AYURVEDA SAYS ABOUT HEALTH?
Everybody wants a very healthy, toned and happy life. People try everything to be healthy. The use of natural living has gathered momentum in the last few years. The health conscious section of people would go all out to buy anything labelled – Natural!
The Sanskrit term, "Ayurveda" is derived from the two basic Sanskrit words, Ayus and Veda. "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means science or knowledge. Thus, Ayurveda is defined as the science that deals with life or the knowledge of life. Charaka, the great scholar of the field of Ayurveda, says that the term, "Ayu" consists of senses, body, mind and the soul.
Ayurveda defines healthy person as the individual with balanced rate of Agni (metabolism), Doshas (bio energies), proper Dhatus (body muscles and tissues), and organs and excretes out Malas (unwanted wastes) from the body of the individuals. The healthy individual is self-established with his senses, soul and mind fully in sync with each other and maintaining a total harmony with internal peace.
This is explained very well:-
Sam dosha, samagni, samdhatu malakriyah
Prasannatma, indriyas manah swath abhidiyate!!
Ayurveda, is not merely a health care system. This is a modification of lifestyle, which needs to be adopted to strike a balance and maintain a harmony with the internal existence. Thus, Ayurveda is the wonderful combination of philosophy and science, which tends to strike a balance between the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional constituents of life. It provides a holistic approach to a natural and healthy living.
IS THERE ANY HERBAL REMEDY FOR GENERAL HEALTH?
One can find many herbal remedies claiming successful ayurvedic treatment for healthy body. Companies are making money and misleading people.
Whenever you wish to go for some kind of natural supplements, always look for authenticity.
You can opt for natural products containing pure extracts and which are formulated under GMP Guidelines.
IS DIET IMPORTANT WHILE USING NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS?
Yes ayurvedic doctors focus more on diet first while prescribing natural products. It is always advised to opt for natural diet containing fresh fruits, leafy vegetables.
- Use more vegetables like bottle guards, bitter melons, round gourd, ridge gourd.
- Drink coconut water.
- Drink plenty of water daily (varies according to the body condition)
- Use cow's ghee (not advised in heart diseases)
- Avoid eating outside, junk/packed foods
- No soft drinks/alcohol
- Limit tea/coffee
- Exercise daily
- Practice yoga under an expert