Benefits of Linseed/Flaxseed
Flax seeds or Linseed as they are also known have been used in Ayurvedic preparations for ages, because of their therapeutic properties.
Flax plants have been used for years to produce a textile called linen from the plant fibres.The garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
But did you know this super food has loads of medicinal properties ?
Natural source of energy:
Protein found in linseed are packed with essential amino acids which are needed to grow muscle mass and maintain normal bones.
Rich in fibre:
Fibre rich foods help us feel fuller for longer and help to reduce snacking on unhealthy foods throughout the day. Flaxseed,with a high substance of mucilage is an excellent laxative that aids in treating constipation by lubricating the digestive tract and can even treat chronic constipation effectively.
Flaxseed contain soluble and insoluble fibre that are very effective in flushing toxins from the intestinal tract.When the body is free of toxins, you are less likely to suffer chronic fatigue, weakness, swelling, and congestion. It can be used both as a whole and ground flaxseed for detoxification.
Naturally gluten-free flax seeds come brown and golden colour both with the same great nutritional profile.
Rich in Vitamins and minerals:
Packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as Iron,Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin B1 & Vit B6,Magnesium,Phosphorus & Potassium.
Iron helps contribute to the normal formation of red blood cells & haemoglobin and aids in the reduction of tiredness & fatigue. Iron also contributes to normal cognitive function and to the normal function of the immune system.
Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction and contributes to the maintenance of hair, nails, skin, bones and vision. Zinc also contributes to normal cognitive function and to the normal function of the immune system.
Warm poultice of Flaxseed oil has been prescribed in Ayurvedic remedies for treating eczema and certain other skin conditions.Also beneficial in inflammations of joints and arthritis.
The presence of minerals helps recovery of skin lesions and proven to effective for acne, psoriasis, eczema or sun burns. It also supports healthy hair and nails.
Linseed and its oil are known as Medhya with the presence of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids that are used in enhancing the functions of human brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal brain development and a deficiency in these fatty acids can contribute to the emergence of neurologic dysfunctions.
Medohara-a property in Linseed oil helps in regulating the metabolism of cholesterol and fat in the body and helps in weight loss.
Linseed are high in omega 3 fats, which play a role in maintaining normal cholesterol levels. It has the ability to boost HDL or good cholesterol and reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides hence improves metabolism.
Called as Hrudya, Flaxseed oil has Omega-3 fatty acids that play a vital role in regularizing the functions of the heart and helpful in treating atherosclerosis. Flaxseed controls high blood pressure that augments the risk of serious health conditions like stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disorders.
Flaxseed also assists in preventing the spikes in blood sugar, which happen after eating. It helps in controlling the blood sugar level, thus helping in the treatment of diabetes for which it is called as Pramehaghna.
Flaxseed contains the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, is high in fiber, and provides a phytoestrogen called lignan, which may have antioxidant properties that protect against certain cancers.
Flaxseed oil is termed as Balya in Ayurveda for its effectiveness in enhancing immune power or the human body’s ability to withstand, guard and fight against the invasion of harmful foreign bodies and other disease causing infections thus also help fight off bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
Flax seeds oil is useful for infertility, impotence, menstrual cramps, endometriosis and menstrual problems in women.
Flax seeds are both demulcent and expectorant. Expectorant means that it helps increase the flow of mucus which in turn helps to expel mucus from the lungs.
Demulcent helps to soothe irritated tissue and moisten mucus membranes.
Use in diet:
Toasted linseed are great for adding texture to your breads,soups, salads,smoothies,yogurt and stir-fry’s and great for boosting your nutritional daily intake.
Flaxseeds are best consumed ground as our bodies cannot access the nutrients if they are eaten whole and they will pass through undigested.
Would you love to try an interesting recipe now ? Here's my recipe.
Linseed tea:(Excellent for sore throat,cold and cough).
3-4 tsp of linseed roughly ground
3 cups of water
2 black peppercorns (optional)
Few strands of grated ginger
1 inch piece of fresh lemongrass
Sugar to taste (optional-enhances the flavour)
In a pot add about 3 cups of boiling water.Add the roughly ground linseed,cloves,peppercorns,ginger and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.The tea looks a bit slimy and also a bit frothy.Turn off the flame once it comes to a boil.
Do not keep it boiling too long as the mixture reduces down quickly.
Strain the mixture and serve hot atleast 2-3 times a day.
Hope you all include this amazing super food in your diet!!
Questions and comments welcome.