Linseed can be found in a wide range of different forms: we can either prefer them whole, so that they can be kept for longer, always on condition that they are properly preserved, or we can choose them already ground, but aware that they will more easily undergo ageing. As far as whole flaxseed is concerned, it should be specified that it will not be “broken” during our digestion, so that the various nutrients will not be absorbed in the most correct way.
It is true, however, that the flaxseed we buy already ground, may lose part of their nutritional value, since it is precisely during the milling phase, that the seeds secrete most of their beneficial oils. On the market, then, you can find the linseed oil directly, but it does not last as long as the first two alternatives and must necessarily be stored in the refrigerator.
Linseed in the diet
Linseed, if taken regularly, can help to purify our body, because its intake, combined with a glass of water, can awaken our intestines and prevent constipation. The recommended daily dose of flaxseed is about 2 or 4 tablespoons, for an average of about 40 or 50 grams per day. A good advice is to introduce flaxseed in our diet gradually, so as to give time and way to our body to get used to them.
Taking flaxseed is important to balance the intake of omega 3, often too neglected in our diet: in this sense, flaxseed can be a viable alternative to foods such as large fish, which may be good sources of omega 3, but which unfortunately can also present a potentially alarming level of mercury.
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Linseed as a natural remedy
Linseed is not only very good in the kitchen, but also as a natural remedy or an alternative to beauty treatments: it is excellent against constipation, and in addition to preventing it, it can also counteract it. As already mentioned, in fact, consuming flaxseed improves intestinal transit.
It is sufficient to take a couple of spoons a day, but in cases of persistent constipation, flaxseed can be used to prepare an infusion with a strong laxative effect; taken on an empty stomach, it will be a great help for our body. To prepare the infusion, simply soak a tablespoon of flaxseed in a glass of water and cover with a lid. Twelve hours later, we will filter the contents of the glass and we will be ready to drink it.
As mentioned, flaxseed is also very useful in “aesthetic” care treatments. In particular, flaxseed wraps are excellent for deeply nourishing damaged or damaged hair. To prepare it, simply pour into a pot containing about 250ml of water, two tablespoons of flaxseed, boil everything and then let it rest. Twelve hours later, everything will be filtered and ready to use.
Purchase and preservation
Flaxseed is a great natural antioxidant, containing magnesium, iron, calcium and various vitamins, as well as the aforementioned Omega 3. They can easily be purchased at the supermarket: a good advice is to take them whole and then grind them just before they are ingested, so as to maximize their beneficial effect.
Of course, it is very important not only to take them regularly, but also to be able to store them in the most correct way: keep your flaxseed in a well sealed container, as moisture tends to rot them. Keep them in the fridge, freezer or at room temperature. In the specific case of linseed oil, make sure that it is stored in a good container and in a cool place.
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