Medicinal Benefits of Flaxseed (अलसी or Linseed)

Flaxseed (अलसी or Linseed)

Flax Seed (Oil) (Linseed, अलसी, Neela Pushpin (Blue-Coloured Flowers), Linum Usitatissimum): Just from an Academic Point of View, The Flax Crop was being Cultivated way back in 3000 B.C.

Properties: It is Bitter & Sweet in Taste. It is Unctuous and Heavy (Oil on the other hand is Light, Piercing and Easy to digest). Its Potency is Hot and The Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka) is Pungent. It Pacifies Vata and adds to Pitta & Kapha. Seeds contain ALA (Alpha-Linoleic Acid, Omega-3 Fatty Acid) which helps fight Cancers.

Please Note that The Ground Flaxseeds are Better Absorbed-Assimilated in the Body.

Bio-Chemically: It is a Rich Source of Vitamins (Especially B-Complex) and Minerals (Copper, Iron, magnesium, manganese, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium.

It is High in Concentration of Polyunsaturated fatty Acids, Antioxidants, and is High in Fibres. Has High Concentration of a Group of Chemicals (Lignans, especially Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside – SDG). High in Phytochemicals and Antioxidants (Removes Harmful Free Radicals from The Body).

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Please Note that, as compared to ‘Flaxseed Oil’, ‘The Ground Flaxseed’ contains much more of Fibres and Phytochemicals. It also is a high source of Phosphatides (Major Component of Biological Membranes) & Lipoproteins (Soluble Proteins, which assist in Transport of fats-Lipids in the Blood Plasma), which are critical to stay away from ‘Dreaded Ailments, as Labelled by the Modern Health Industry’.

Medicinally: In various studies, it has shown huge medicinal effects and positive results…

  • Cancers & Tumours: I will write this in two steps – Prevention & Cure:

Lowers risk of Breast, Prostate & Colon Cancers.

Prevents-Controls Skin Cancers.

Prevents Tumours Cells from Spreading.

  • Circulatory Disorders:
  • Endocrine, Nutritional & Metabolic Disorders: Useful in controlling LDL, VLDL, High Blood pressure, Diabetes, Obesity Control-Cure (Due High fibrous Content, gives an extended feeling of ‘Fullness’, and Reduces Diet) and so on…
  • Gastro-Intestinal Health: Laxative, Aids Intestinal Absorption of Nutrition,
  • Genito-Urinary Disorders: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), UTI’s
  • Hormonal Disorders: Fights Inflammation, Sun-Burns, Pre-Post Menopausal Symptoms,
  • Skin-Hair Health: Just for Academic Reasons, Many of Skin Products like Shampoos, Sun-Screens, Moisturiser etc. contain Flaxseed Oil. Useful in Healing of Wounds, Skin Rashes, Inflammation, Rashes-Redness, Acne, Dandruff; Useful in Cases of Even Psoriasis and so on. Moisturises Skin due Presence of fatty Acids. Prevents-Cures Dry-Brittle Hair, Hair-Loss, Baldness.
  • May also be used for Enema.
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Storage: To be Stored in Cool, Dry & Dark Place. Do not Expose to Sunlight.

In what/which way, we may use Hemp: It May be Used Both Externally and Consumed Internally:

  • Sprinkle ground Flax Seed onto your Fruits, Oatmeal, Cereals, Butter-Milk, Pastes, Wheat Bread (Chapattis) and more…
  • Add a teaspoon of Grounded Flaxseeds to your Cereals.
  • Simply add a teaspoon (Flaxseed Oil) to a cup of Lukewarm Water.
  • Steep a Teaspoon of Flaxseeds to ½ a Glass of Hot water and Drink it.
  • Skin-Body Massage of Body with Flaxseed Oil.
  • Wash-Scrub: Make a Mixture of “Grounded Flaxseed + Curd + Honey”; Mildly Scrub it on The Skin, Let it be for 10-15 Minutes; Wash it off.
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Contra-Indications: This, as with anything else, should be taken in limited quantity. Note the following:

  • May Vitiate Kapha & Pitta if taken in excess. Hence, avoid in patients suffering with Pitta Ailments such as Nasal Bleeding, Menorrhagia, Ulcers…
  • Do not take more than 15 mL, let us say, 2-3 teaspoons in a day.
  • Excess may have adverse effects on Eye-Vision (Though, for Dry Eyes, it may safely be used (V-K+P+)), Marital Performance (Sperm Count) and so on..
  • Do Not Mix this with Chemical-Laden medicines. Keep a Difference of at last 60 Minutes between any 2 Medicines.
  • Pregnant & Lactating Women May Avoid Consumption of Flaxseed/Oil.
  • While Consuming Flaxseed Seeds/Oil, Consume Extra Amount of Water.
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