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Functional and nutraceutical scenario of flaxseed and sesame: A review

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Tabussam Tufail, Mishal Riaz, Muhammad Umair Arshad, Syed Amir Gilani, Huma Bader Ul Ain, Tara Khursheed, Zeenat Islam, Muhammad Imran, Shahid Bashir, Muhammad Zia Shahid, Syed Muhammad Umar Kazmi, Ali Saqib

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Int. J. Biosci.17( 3), 173-190, September 2020

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/17.3.173-190


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Flaxseed or linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) comes from the flax plant, an annual herb. Sesame (Sesamum indicum) belongs to family Pedaliaceae. The main importance of flaxseed and sesame is in the human nutrition sector because it is emerging as an important functional food ingredient thanks to the content of active compounds, pointed to provide health benefits. There are several ways to eat flaxseed and sesame in the form of oil or added to the bakery product.  Scientific evidence support consumption of flaxseed for the high content in omega-3, omega-6 rich oil, α-linolenic acid, lignans, high-quality proteins and fibers, compounds which are biologically active in the prevention of some chronic diseases such as many types of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cerebrovascular stroke. Along with being a good source of plant protein these both have great ability to lower blood pressure. They are also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals.


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