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How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for

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How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for

Flax is a plant, which has long been used for yarn and dietary oil. The garments made of it are characterized by high strength and durability, high hygroscopicity and thermal conductivity and are environmentally friendly.

Flax seeds are used in folk medicine as a cure and natural therapy of various diseases, as well as for culinary purposes.

Flaxseed oil is a dietary product, a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot synthesize on its own.

The benefits of flaxseed:

How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for

1. The cleansing properties of flaxseed help to remove toxins, parasites and products of their vital activity from the body;

2. Polyunsaturated fatty acids from the Omega-3, 6 and 9 groups, whose content in flaxseed oil is higher than in fish oil, are important for the growth and development of a young organism and the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system;

3. Omega-3 has the ability to dilute the blood, which is a good prevention of thrombosis, atherosclerosis and diseases of the blood vessels and heart;

4. Omega-6 is a common ingredient in most meat and fatty foods of animal origin. Excessive use can cause obesity, high cholesterol, heart attack and diabetes. Neutralize this effect with the basic fatty acids of Omega-3, which in flax seeds contain 19 g per 100 g of seeds;

5. Selenium in the seeds restores the deficiency of this trace element in the body, which is often observed in residents of large cities, as well as in those who consume a lot of carbohydrate foods. Selenium protects nucleic acids from destruction, reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease;

How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for

6. Potassium is the other ingredient in flaxseed, which is vital to humans. With its help the cellular transport is possible, it is necessary for the normal functioning of all human organs and systems. With potassium deficiency, heart rhythm disorders, edema, kidney problems and urinary problems are observed. In the composition of flax seeds, when recalculated to dry weight, potassium is higher than that in bananas, which are recommended for use in deficiency of this trace element;

7. Lecithin and vitamin B in flaxseed protect nerve cells from damage, prevent the development of mental illness, postpartum depression and depression in general;

What does flaxseed cure?

- Chronic constipation - the fiber contained in the shell of flaxseed contributes to the easy cleansing of the intestines, removing toxins from them and restoring their mucous membranes;

- Atherosclerosis - flaxseed oil reduces the amount of so-called "bad" cholesterol in the blood, which prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and also increases the elasticity of blood vessels;

- Parasitic infections in the body - flax has anthelmintic properties and cleanses the intestines of parasites;

- Diseases of the liver and gallbladder;

- Diseases of the genitourinary system of inflammatory nature;

- For diseases of the throat and respiratory system, flaxseed decoction is used for rinsing or drinking;

- For pathologies of the digestive tract, dyspepsia, ulcers, gastritis, diseases of the intestines and stomach - consume flaxseed jelly or chew whole seeds.

How to intake flax seeds?

Flaxseed with yogurt

How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for

The combination of yogurt and flaxseed is used as an aid in diets or exercise to lose weight faster. To 100 g of yogurt add 1 tsp. of seeds. This mixture should replace breakfast or dinner and is eaten on an empty stomach. To speed up the process, after one week of application the dose of seeds can be increased to 1 teaspoon and after another two weeks - up to three.

Flaxseed decoction

How to Consume Flaxseed and What it is Good for
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To cleanse the body well and improve the condition of the skin, you need to prepare a flaxseed decoction. Pour 1 tbsp. of flaxseed in 500 ml of boiling water and leave it on low heat for 30 minutes. Wrap the dish with a thick towel and leave it to cool. The warm decoction, reminiscent of jelly, should be drunk in the morning or evening on an empty stomach (250 ml). For a more pleasant taste, you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice, cherries, pomegranate and others.

Flaxseed tincture

To soothe inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and cleanse the intestines of toxins, make a flaxseed tincture. In a thermos with a capacity of 1 liter, pour 3 tbsp. of flax seeds and pour boiling water. The infusion is cooled for 3 hours, then filtered and poured into an opaque closed container. Take 150 ml, 30 minutes before the main meal for a month.

Flaxseed jelly

The jelly is consumed for the treatment of gastritis, chronic constipation, ulcers and intestinal disorders. It helps to normalize the condition of an upset stomach and the metabolism.

One tablespoon of flaxseed is poured into 500 ml of boiling water and left for 8 hours. To make the drink tastier, add honey, cinnamon or vanilla. It cannot be used for acute pancreatitis.

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