Flax Seed - Siemie Lniane
Flaxseed Oil also known as Linseed oil, has a rich source of healing compounds and has been cultivated for more than 7000 years. First cultivated in Europe, the plant's brown seeds were regularly used to prepare balms for inflamed skin and healing slurries for constipation. Rich in essential fatty acids, or EFAs, flaxseed oil is used to prevent and treat heart disease and to relieve a variety of inflammatory disorders and hormone-related problems, including infertility.
Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseed, can lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Taking it may also protect against angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. In addition, a five-year study done recently at Boston's Simmons College found that flaxseed oil may be useful in preventing a second heart attack. It may also help prevent elevated blood pressure by inhibiting inflammatory reactions that cause artery-hardening plaque and poor circulation.
Countering inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts
Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, skin and kidneys, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease. Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition. In addition, the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to boost the absorption of iodine (a mineral often found in low levels in women suffering from fibrocystic breasts) makes flaxseed oil potentially valuable for treating this often painful condition.
Controlling constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones
As they are high in dietary fibre, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. In those with diverticular disease, flaxseeds may also keep intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay. Taken for inflammatory bowel disease, it can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage. In addition, the oil may prevent painful gallstones from developing and even dissolve existing stones.
Treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea
The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.
Promoting healthy hair and nails
The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the oil's EFAs work to nourish dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.
Minimising nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders
The EFAs in flaxseed oil assist in the transmission of nerve impulses, making the oil potentially valuable in treating conditions of numbness and tingling. The oil's nerve-nourishing actions may also help in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system, and protect against the nerve damage associated with diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Reducing cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing
The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate, and perhaps skin cancer. Although further studies are needed, research undertaken at the University of Toronto indicates that women with breast cancer, regardless of the degree of cancer invasiveness, may benefit from treatment with flaxseed. Interestingly, the lignans may protect against various effects of ageing as well.
Siemię lniane to malutkie nasionka lnu, dostępne w sklepach zielarskich i aptekach. Wywar z siemienia łagodzi dolegliwości żołądkowe i likwiduje problemy z zaparciami. Szczególnie polecane są kobietom w okresie menopauzalnym, ze względu na właściwość regulacji poziomu estrogenów w organizmie. Poznajwłaściwości lecznicze siemienia lnianego. Siemię lniane jest środkiem o działaniu osłaniającym przewód pokarmowy. Wodne wyciągi z nasion powlekają błony śluzowe żołądka i przełyku, chroniąc je przed substancjami szkodliwymi (zanurzone w wodzie nasiona pęcznieją i pokrywają się warstwą śluzu). Co ciekawe, śluz z nasion lnu długo nie traci lepkości. Dzięki temu może przemieszczać się aż do jelita grubego, zatrzymując szkodliwe związki i utrudniając ich wchłanianie. Nasiona mają także właściwości lekko przeczyszczające. Pęcznieją w jelicie grubym, przyśpieszają ruchy robaczkowe, ułatwiając wypróżnianie.