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Flaxseed: Properties and Benefits

Flaxseed: Properties and Benefits

Flaxseed is an herbaceous plant belonging to the family of Linaceae, flourishes in the period between April and September, there are about 200 species of plants of the flax flowers of many different colors, ranging from classic blue to purple, yellow, red, white, pink, blue and other shades.

Flaxseed: Properties and Benefits

Linen is grown on a large scale since the earliest times, and his plant does not discard anything, is used in various fields, such as therapeutic, textiles, cosmetics, artistic but also as feed for various animals and many other uses yet.

The flaxseed are oval, dark red, almost brown, the ends are sharp, smooth to the touch and shiny. They are harvested between July and September through threshing, the same as wheat.

Composition

The main substances contained in flaxseed are represented by omega 3 fatty acids present in significant percentages, minerals, proteins, lipids, linoleic acid, fiber and lignans that have important antioxidant properties. The omega-3, known as “good” fats, have healthy effects on the heart and a tablespoon of flaxseed will contain about 1.7 grams.

Healing Properties and Benefits of Flaxeeed

The most important aspect, related to properties of flaxseed to the result of some research conducted in the United States seems to show how the consumption of flaxseed may reduce the risk of certain cancers: breast, prostate and colon stakeholders. In animal studies shows that omega-3 fatty acids would be able to inhibit the formation of tumor cells in the organs just mentioned. Similarly, lignans, would that interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells.

The flaxseed are also used to treat other diseases such as inflammation, abscesses and hemorrhoids. Protect the cardiovascular system, in fact, stabilizing the heartbeat can reduce the risk of heart attack. Finally, flaxseed, are also useful in pregnancy, as they contribute to the formation of the cerebral cortex.

Various Uses

Already six thousand years ago in Egypt, it takes precious flaxseed weaving bandages which were then used to wrap the mummies of the pharaohs. Later, flax, it spread and was appreciated a bit all over the world and its fibers were produced fine fabrics designed to wear people from high society.

Flax also has a cosmetic use, as having emollient properties, is used for skin care and above which seems to give hair shine and softness details.

Also used in paint, flaxseed oil gives excellent resistance to a stroke in May and gloss colors.

Flaxseed is also used to manufacture high-quality paper for long life and its fibers are also present in the paper that wraps around cigarettes.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed: Properties and Benefits

Oil is very helpful to our health as rich in substances with beneficial properties, especially rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6. Our body can not produce these acids, they must necessarily be introduced by food and flaxseed oil it is a good source. A regular consumption of flaxseed oil is recommended to protect the body from cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and inflammatory conditions. Important the presence of vitamin E in high percentage, given its antioxidant properties and the saddle lecithin, which is necessary to control the nervous system.

Recall that, for all types of food, do not exaggerate in the acquisition and two teaspoons a day are more than sufficient to meet the daily requirement of omega 3.

Curiosity

The linen plant was cultivated in Babylon 3000 years before Christ’s coming and it seems that even the king Charlemagne, who was fascinated by the healing properties of its seeds, passed a law obliging the subjects to make regular food consumption.  Not by chance, flaxseed, are considered by some one of the most powerful foods that exist in the world in terms of benefits to our health.

According to researchers at the University of Texas, for the purpose of combating and preventing prostate cancer, it is useful to add flaxseed to salads, fruit juices, bread and yogurt.

Tea Flaxseed

Spill the contents of a teaspoon of flaxseed in 25 cl. of warm water and soak for about two hours, stirring occasionally. Filter through and use to gargle to treat sore throats.

Flaxseed: properties and benefits

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