For thousands of years Linseed has had a reputation as an important staple food, a health food and a medicine.
Linseed contains high levels of Omega 3, soluble fibre, dietary fibre, lignans and antioxidants. A 20 gram – 50 gram serving of linseed provides wonderful boost to the diet. Linseed also contains significant levels of vitamin E, lecithin and phospholipids which enables the nutrients in linseed to be easily digested and assimilated.
The Omega-3 oil in linseed is called ALA, which is the omega-3 contained in Mothers’ breast milk. It is an essential fatty acid, which means it is essential for life (and without it we would be unable to live!) and as the body is unable to make it we must get it from our food. Our bodies are able to use it in so many body processes from making cell membranes to hormones and prostaglandins.
Linseed meal is a worldwide favourite for normalising the gut. Its high levels of fibre fights healthy microbes and Candida yeasts and the mucilage protects inflamed gut. Fibre grows healthy bacteria and is helpful especially after antibiotics, and the bulk produced creates healthy regular bowel moment. Lignans in the fibre protect against bowel/colon cancer.
Linseed was cultivated and eaten in ancient Babylon. Since then the use of it has spread round the world.