Flaxseed: health benefits and virtues

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Flax is a dicotyledonous plant species in the family Linaceae . Originally from Eurasia this plant is cultivated for its textile fibers and its oil seeds .

Flax is a plant that has very new advantages from the point of view of the respect for the environment.

Flaxseed is reputed to be the most important plant source the richest known in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA ), a omega 3 which helps protect the body from many diseases . Which ones?

Flaxseed: virtues and health benefits

The strong presence of omega 3 in flaxseed can help protect the body from cardiological diseases and the arthritis .

These seeds could also reduce the risk of some cancers (including the breast cancer) due to a hormone, in particular through the transformation of flax lignans into estrogen-like molecules.

  • Rich in soluble fibers flaxseed is indicated to avoid the constipation .  

Flaxseed has the following properties antioxidants  which makes it particularly interesting for people who are looking to lose weight . The omega 3 of flaxseed are fat burners and additionally ensure an effect natural laxative .

  • These benefits are also useful in preventing the development of anxiety .

Flaxseed can help women cope with several disorders that occur at the time of the menopause , in particular the hot flashes .

It should also be noted that regular consumption of linseed reduces the rate of harmful cholesterol .

Thanks to its omega 3 fatty acids, it can reduce the taste for sugars.

When used as an oil, flaxseed can promote the healthy hair and nails and accelerate the healing of skin ailments .

Use of flaxseed, dosage, directions for use

Make sure to shred and to grind the flaxseed before eating it.
Otherwise, their benefits will not be disseminated.

Once ground, the sheaths can be consumed 2 to 3 times a day, with plenty of water, before meals. As dosage, 1 tablespoon is sufficient.

You can also add crushed flaxseed to your soups your salads your gratins and even in your pastries .

L’ flaxseed oil which contains approximately 7 g of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA ) per 15 ml tablespoon, can be eaten once or twice a day.

Linseed is also available in capsules .

Good to know about flax seeds

Flax sheaths are not eaten raw or immature. They can indeed be toxic .

It is strongly advised to respect the prescribed doses. The high consumption of flaxseed can, indeed, in some organisms, cause haemorrhages due to the anticoagulant effect of omega 3 fatty acids. Therefore, daily consumption should not be increased.

On the other hand, due to a possible interaction with some prescription drugs, it is strongly advised to see a doctor before adding flaxseed to a feed.

Once ground, flaxseed should be stored at the refrigerator within the limit of 5 days maximum .