There are not many foods that can flaunt so amazing nutritional value. Flax seed oil, also known as linseed oil is a source of quality protein and a unique amount of unsaturated essential fatty acids (omega-3). Healing powers of linseed oil are compounded by relevant content of vitamins B, E, A, C, D and minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, zinc etc.). We must not forget of biotin, phenolic acids, flavonoids, lignans, phytoestrogens and fiber.
The healing effects of flax grains and flax seed oil are known primarily as a mean of treating constipation mainly because of its high fiber content. In the morning pour two teaspoons of ground seeds with about 200 ml of boiling water and let stand for half an hour. In the prevention of digestive problems the oil and seeds are advised to consume every morning adding to yogurt or bread. They are delicious in spreads, salads or in salty pastries as a topping. Personally, I like them mixed in yogurt or ricotta cheese. You can add them into a muffin or cookie dough, too.
Flax seed oil can remove eczema, gall bladder and kidney stones. Our grandmothers used it for insect bites and sore muscles. Linseed oil is great for treating burns. Eating flax seed is also recommended for menstrual difficulties and stomach ulcers. The grains also act as a prevention of cancer. Problems with the veins, respiratory and urinary tract can be greatly eliminated by flax. The application of this plant is really quite extensive.
The best ratio of fat in the diet is 4:1 or four times more omega-3 than omega-6. Our normal diet, however, contains significantly more omega-6 and too little omega-3 acids. This is one of the reasons why there are so many chronic, degenerative diseases in the modern world. Flax is also the richest source of plant chemicals with antiviral, fungicidal, bactericidal and anti-cancer properties called lignans.
Flax seeds contain 100 times the amount of lignans compared to any other plant food. Flax has anti-inflammatory effects. This reduces the scope of action and help improve conditions in inflammatory diseases of the skin, intestines, or urinary tract. Flax reduces cardiovascular disease: heart attacks and strokes in the Western world are the leading cause of death. Diet, smoking and lack of exercise are known risk factors.
It was found that unsaturated fatty acids omega-3 in flax are reducing the risk of heart attacks and stroke by several ways. Flax lowers blood pressure, expands blood vessels and improves their elasticity and permeability of blood flow. Flax in addition, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, increases the amount of beneficial cholesterol (HDL) and decreases the level of bad cholesterol (LDL). Flax also helps prevent arrhythmias and irregular heart beat. Flax helps in rheumatic inflammation.
Numerous studies consistently show that flax seed oil in patients with rheumatoid arthritis reduces tenderness, swelling and stiffness of joints. Many arthritis patients taking flax seed oil have shown that they reduced or completely abandoned steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment, which may have a number of side effects. Clinical studies have shown that alpha-linoleic acid, which is found in flax seed oil, is very anti-inflammatory effective and thus is especially beneficial to arthritis. It even helps to reduce rejection of transplanted organs, helps with type 2 diabetes and regulates several renal diseases. It improves symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis, prevents muscular degeneration (common cause of blindness in old age) and can also help you lose weight very easily.