About Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is one of mankind's oldest cultivated crops. First grown in the Middle East, and then Egypt, its cultivation spread to Western Europe in about 1000 BC and then later to North America. It is now grown worldwide for both fibre and oil production.

Benefits of flaxseed - seeds & oil

It is the seeds of the plant that are used for medicinal purposes. A traditional treatment for constipation is to eat one to two tablespoons of ripe whole seeds, which have previously been soaked or ground, with plenty of water. The seeds swell up in the intestines and encourage bowel movements. A decoction of the seeds can be soothing to the digestive tract, and can also be used for respiratory and urinary disorders.

Flaxseed oil (Linseed oil) is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vitally important for strengthening immunity and preventing many degenerative conditions such as heart disease. Taking a tablespoonful of flaxseed oil and then lying down for half an hour is reputed to help with the elimination of gallstones.

Flaxseed can be eaten raw or cooked, and one tablespoon daily has been found to prevent constipation in adults. Flaxseed oil also helps in reducing cholesterol and alleviating arthritis pain.

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