Flaxseed, flaxseed oil and flaxseed meal can do a lot for your health and beauty!
Many people only know flax seeds in their diet as grains on the grain bun, as a decoration to make buns look healthier.
Hardly any of us have linseed , linseed oil or flaxseed meal in the kitchen cupboard. This indigenous oilseed is so healthy and versatile! Read here why you should always have flaxseed close at hand!
What are flaxseed actually?
The flax plant, also known as flax, is particularly versatile: the fibers for linen are obtained from its stems and the linseed oil from its seeds.
Flaxseed can be bought whole or whole, and it is found in many rolls and muesli mixes. However, linseed oil, which is obtained from the small seeds, is less well known.
You can buy a large selection in the health food store. Linseed oil has the highest known content of omega3 fatty acids. Depending on the variety, linseed oil also contains 10-20% linoleic acid.
Linoleic acid, like α-linolenic acid, is an essential nutrient and must therefore be taken in with food.
Flaxseed: rich in omega 3 fatty acids
The body cannot produce polyunsaturated fatty acids itself, so they are essential.
A lack of essential fatty acids leads to various deficiency symptoms such as skin changes (excessive cornification), susceptibility to infection, growth disorders, hair loss and a lack of blood platelets.
Well-known essential fatty acids are “Omega3” and “Omega6”, which should literally be “on everyone’s lips” due to advertising: The “healthy Omega3” is contained in all vegetable oils and improves the flow properties of the blood.
However, it is not only the intake of such essential fatty acids through our food that is decisive, but also that the ratio of these fatty acids to one another is optimal.
The higher the proportion of omega3 fatty acids and the lower the proportion of omega6 fatty acids, the more optimal the oil. Domestic linseed oil has the highest omega3 content (1: 4)!
Flaxseed for Cholesterol
Did the doctor too high cholesterol levels found, then you can it to about 10 – 15% lower, by significantly reducing the saturated fats (solid at room temperature) in the diet and increase the amount of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.
The “healthy omega3” is contained in high concentrations in linseed and linseed oil and not only improves the flow properties of the blood, it also lowers blood pressure and blood lipids, which is why it can prevent hardening of the arteries.
Flaxseed for good digestion
Dietary fiber ensures a high volume of stool and nourishes the healthy intestinal bacteria – our actual digestive organ.
A lot of fiber can be found in whole grain products, fruits and vegetables (preferably with the skin on) and legumes such as peas, beans and lentils. But flaxseed meal also contains a lot of fiber – and that in combination with omega 3 fatty acids. It could hardly be healthier!
Flaxseed for constipation
Flaxseeds are particularly known for their ability to bind many times more water when crushed (chewed or ground) and thereby increase the volume of stool.
This helps very well with constipation. Flaxseed swells many times over in the digestive tract and the pressure it creates stimulates the intestinal muscles to move and to end the constipation.
Adults take a tablespoon of flaxseed 3 times a day with their meals. It is important to drink a lot throughout the day in order to give the flaxseed the liquid to swell!
Flaxseed for Cellulite?
Depending on the variety, linseed oil contains 10-20% linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a regular component of human skin. Linoleic acid is also involved in regulating water in the skin. That is why it is often used in skin creams, especially in natural cosmetics.
How deep linoleic acid, which is applied from the outside, penetrates the skin tissue has not been definitively researched. A massage with linseed oil can then cause the water that has accumulated in the connective tissue to dissolve.
Flaxseed hair conditioner
The linseed hair conditioner is particularly suitable for fine hair to make it stronger and more grippy. If you have curly hair, the hair will bounce better and will not hang out – even after several days! You need:
- 3 tbsp flaxseed
- 1 liter of water
Pour the boiling water over them, stir vigorously and let the mixture stand overnight. The next morning, pour the mixture through a sieve and catch the water.
You can sprinkle the swollen seeds over your muesli or use them in your breakfast smoothie.
The hair conditioner is already done! Simply put over your hair after shampooing, do not wash out and dry as usual.
The water is a bit slippery and slimy, but it is precisely this consistency that ensures that your hair becomes more voluminous and grippy, and your curls bounce better.
This water does not last long, but you can freeze it and thaw it again if necessary. For example, put it in the bathroom overnight to defrost it when you want to wash your hair the next morning.