Linseeds for years were used as a valued medicine in natural medicine used to heal many sick people.Those are tiny flat seeds with a brownish gary colour their size is 2-3 mm. Flooded with water they swell they become bigger, darker and covered in slime. They can be used as an addition to food products e.g. salads natural yogurts. They can also be eaten raw. They are used in production of Linseed oil with yellow colour and sour taste. Linseeds shows beneficial impact on organism and that’s because of presence of valued ingredients.
1. Linseeds – composition
Health benefits of flax seeds. Flax seeds are mainly made out of fat (40%) 60% of wich are omega 3 fatty acids. Those acids build brain tissue and cel membranes. They take part in propper functioning of hormones, they regulate matabolism and lower blood cholesterol levels. They exhibit antiatherosclerotic activity and inhibit platelet aggregation.
Another ingredient of flax seeds is Dietary fiber consisting of water-soluble fraction (pectin, rubber, slimes) and not soluble in water (cellulose lignin). Dietary fiber contained within the seed helps in case of gastrointestinal disorders, e.g. in either constipation or diarrhea. It assures propper intestinal peristalis, it facilitates emptying and lowers blood cholesterol levels. In addition it helps to cleanse the body by removing toxins and enhances the feeling of satiety.
The composition of flax seeds also includes very valuable and easily assimilable protein (20-30%), vitamins and minerals. Hay is a treasure trove of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and protects the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. It is important in the treatment of Atherosclerosis and heart diseases.
Other vitamins included in flaxseeds are B vitamins, which take part in the Metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They assist in the production of red blood cells and bone marrow formation. The minerals included in flaxseeds are magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, copper and zinc.
It is also worth mentioning the phytoestrogens present in the composition of the seed, namely Lignans. These compounds show anticancer, anti-atherosclerotic, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective effects, alleviate unfavourable symptoms of menopause and reduce the level of LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol.
2. Effects and influence on the body
Linseed is used to alleviate the symptoms of gastritis and duodenitis. It is then combined with St. John’s wort, right-spotted root or goat’s root.
Linseed is used by people who suffer from ulcer disease. In case of constipation or diarrhea, drinking linseed significantly reduces the incidence of Unpleasant symptoms. It regulates intestinal peristalsis. It helps people suffering from hyperacidity. It soothes inflammation of the bronchi and throat, increasing mucous membrane moisture.
Lignans, Dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids present in the seed reduce the risk of developing diabetes. In addition, a diet rich in Dietary fiber contained in linseed reduces blood cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and therefore reduces the risk of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
It strengthens memory and concentration due to the lecithin content. Eliminates early symptoms of senile dementia. Prevents bloating. It alleviates the symptoms of menopause thanks to the content of phytoestrogens, it is used in the prevention of cancer or osteoporosis. It is also an excellent ingredient of shampoos and conditioners for dry hair. It is also used for nail and skin regeneration
3. Hey for slimming
Linseed is a natural product which, thanks to its composition, has a beneficial effect on the whole organism. It also supports the process of weight reduction. The fibre contained in it absorbs water, which increases its volume in the stomach and causes a faster feeling of satiety.
Another important feature of fibre that contributes to inhibiting the feeling of appetite is that it slows down gastric emptying. Thanks to this function, the feeling of fullness is maintained for a longer period of time and reduces the desire to eat, which can support the Healing process in case of obesity or overweight.
It also helps to detoxify the body, which makes fat burning more efficient.
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A registered medical dietitian. She has been dealing with dietetics for many years and expanding her knowledge through participation in dietetics-related conferences and training as well as reading scientific press. She helps children and adults to overcome their dietary difficulties, such as overweight and underweight, and get rid of bad eating habits. She also lectures on dietetics and proper supplementation. Thanks to the work in one of the largest dietetics companies in England, she learned the importance of suitable motivation and support in the process of changing eating habits. She gets much satisfaction when she can encourage people to lead healthy lifestyle. She knows well that everyone has own specific needs, and therefore she diagnoses all her patients on a case-by-case basis.