Linseed has been used for thousands of years as an ingredient of a healthy diet and for medicinal purposes. However, the scientific world is skeptical about the health properties of this plant because there are no research results that would clearly confirm the benefits of linseed. Is it true only what has been proven in accordance with scientific standards?
Before you try alternative methods of treatment, consult your doctor. Components of natural therapies may interfere with other medications or cause harmful side effects.
Health properties of linseed.
Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of omega 3 fatty acids (OMEGA+++) is very important in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Both flaxseed and linseed oil can lower the level of bad cholesterol.
Regular consumption of ground linseed works similarly to hormonal therapy to alleviate the symptoms of menopause (hot flushes, night sweats). Flaxseed in ground form is also beneficial to the digestive system, because it relieves constipation and improves intestinal peristalsis.
Flaxseed is also tested for the relief of other ailments: kidney disease, digestive system diseases, lupus, high triglyceride levels, diabetes and osteoporosis.
The best sources of linseed.
Linseed is available in the form of seeds, in the form of oil or ground as flour. Each form of linseed has different health properties, so it is best to read the literature in this field. Linseed can be mixed with liquids or added to all dishes.
Side effects of consuming linseed.
Regular consumption of small amounts of ground linseed or adding linseed oil to dishes is beneficial to health and safe. Of course, only mature flax seeds are suitable for consumption and the oil must be fresh. The shelf life of cold pressed linseed oil is very short. Over time, the oil becomes more and more bitter.
Immature flaxseed is unfit for consumption and can be harmful to health. People with chronic and systemic diseases should talk to their doctor before using therapeutical amounts of linseed oil.