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Health Benefits of Linseed (Flaxseed) Oil
of Folk and Traditional Medicinal Uses
as a Source of Vitamin F (Essential Fatty Acids=EFA)
Flax, Linseed (French:
Lin; German: Flachs; Spanish: Lino; Italian: Lino;
Flax, common name for a family
of plants, and for plants of a genus within that family. One species (Linum
usitatissimum) is grown extensively for its fiber and seed. Other species
are cultivated as ornamental plants or for pharmaceuticals. Flax
plants range in height from 30 to 100 cm (12 to 40 in) and have narrow,
alternate, lance like leaves. The flowers of most cultivated varieties
range in color from deep to pale shades of blue. Some garden varieties
have white, violet, pink, or red blossoms.
plant (linum usitatissimum)
a: roots; b: stem (containing
fibers); c: leaves entire, narrow; d: flowers blue, somewhat white, pink
or violet, arranged in a biparous cyme; e: fruit (boll capsule) containing
less than 10 seeds.
It is cultivated either as a textile
plant, for the fibers contained in the stem, or for its oleo-protinaceous
Winter flax varieties, with their
procumbent growth at the beginning of their development, are differentiated
from spring flax varieties, that grow erect and are sensitive to cold.
Textile flax has been cultivated
in Europe since the Middle Ages, but has declined since the appearance
Planting occurs in spring; harvesting
occurs by uprooting when the capsules are yellow green. Retting permits
decomposition of cements which bind the fibers.
Flax seeds produce an oil
used for industrial purposes and are also used as animal feed. Sown in
March, the oil yielding flax is harvested when the seeds are mature, drying
may be necessary.
Flax for seed is produced and
harvested in about the same manner as wheat and other small grains. Yields
and quality are best in relatively cool climates. Flax seed yields from
30 to 40 percent linseed oil by weight. The oil is used in the manufacture
of paints, varnishes, linoleum, oilcloth, printing inks, QLIFE®
cosmetics, and other products. In recent years
the fiber from seed flax has been used in the manufacture of high-grade
and special purpose papers. Flax seed is naturally mucilaginous.
Flax seed: 100 grams contains...
Linseed oil: 35 grams
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (omega-3)
Protein: 26 grams
Linoleic Acid (omega-6)
Oleic Acid 6.7 grams
Stearic Acid 1.4 grams
Palmitoleic Acid 1.8 grams
Mucilage: 12 grams
Minerals: 4 grams
Potassium .74 grams
Phosphorus .70 grams
Magnesium .38 grams
Sulfur .21 gram
Chlorine .043 gram
Traces of Manganese, Silicon,
Copper, Fluorine, Nickel, Cobalt, Iodine, Molybdenum, Chromium
L. usitatissimum, has been grown since the beginnings of civilization,
and people all over the world have celebrated its usefulness throughout
Flax is cultivated in Babylon.
Burial chambers depict flax cultivation and clothing from flax fibers.
Hippocrates writes about using flax for the relief of abdominal pains.
In the same era, Theophrastus recommends the use of flax mucilage as a
Tacitus praises the virtues of flax.
Charlemagne considered flax so important for the health of his subjects
passed laws and regulations requiring its consumption.
Hildegard von Bigen used flax meal in hot compresses for the treatment
external and internal ailments
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Benefits of Linseed (Flaxseed) Oil
Linseed, is the richest source
of Omega-3 fatty acids (50-60% Omega-3s). It contains almost twice as much
of the Omega-3s as fish oil.
1. Heart Disease
Omega-3s lower high blood cholesterol
and triglyceride levels by as much as 25% and 65% respectively. Omega-3s
decrease the probability of a clot blocking the artery in the brain (stroke),
heart (heart attack), lungs (pulmonary embolism) or the organ (peripheral
vascular disease...that is gangrene). Omega-3s will lower high blood pressure.
Omega-3s dissolve tumors. Max
Gerson used linseed oil for this purpose in his clinic. Dr. Budwig in Germany
has over 1000 documented cases of successful cancer treatment using linseed
oil along with additional support. She has been using linseed oil successfully
in cancer therapy for over 30 years now. More recent research shows that
Omega-3s kill human cancer cells on the same culture. Breast, lung and
prostrate cancer cell lines were studied.
This disease, according to Dr.
Budwig, has its origin in deficiency of Omega-3s (as well as Omega-6) fatty
acids and is made worse by current lack of vitamins and minerals.
Omega-3's have been found to be
effective in the successful treatment and prevention of arthritis. Both
fish oils and linseed oil have been used. More recently, research using
combinations of the Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids found that 60% of rheumatoid
arthritics were able to completely discontinue their non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDS) and another 20% were able to reduce their dosages of NSAID
Linseed oil can relieve asthma
noticeably, sometimes within a few days of starting to take the oil.
6. Premenstrual Syndrome
Many cases of PMS are completely
relieved within one month with fresh linseed oil. Vitamins and minerals
are also very important.
Omega-3s help to decrease allergic
response. Since the body must be rebuilt, a longer time is needed before
allergies are alleviated. Total nutritional support is required.
8. Inflammatory Tissue Conditions
Included here are the diseases
which end in -itis, in which are meningitis, bursitis, tendinitis, tonsillitis,
gastritis, ileitis, colitis, arthritis, phlebitis, prostatitis, nephritis,
splenitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, otitis, etc. as well as psoriasis and
lupus. All of these inflammatory conditions may be helped by the Omega-3s.
9. Water Retention
Linseed oil helps the kidneys
remove sodium and water. Water retention (edema) is involved in swollen
ankles, some forms of overweight, PMS, and late stages of cancer and cardiovascular
10. Skin Conditions
Linseed Oil is famous for its
ability to make the skin smooth, soft and velvety. It will also alleviate
those skin conditions whose origin is the lack of the Omega-3s in the diet.
One of the most noticeable signs
of improved health from the use of linseed oil is increased vitality, more
energy. Athletes notice that their fatigued muscles recover from exercise
more quickly. Omega-3s increase stamina.
12. Calmness Under Stress
Many people find this calming
effect of fresh linseed oil to be its most pleasant . Omega-3s fatty acids
prevent excess toxic biochemicals which our bodies produce under stress.
13. Other Conditions
Linseed oil can also be helpful
in multiple sclerosis (in places where essential fatty acid consumption
is high, multiple sclerosis is very rare); Omega-3s are necessary for visual
function (retina), adrenal function (stress), and sperm formation; cystic
fibrosis (Omega-3-containing oils will loosen the viscous mucous secretions
and relieve breathing difficulties); some cases of sterility and miscarriage;
some glandular malfunctions; some behavioral problems (schizophrenia, depression,
manic-depressive disorder, etc.); addictions (to drugs or alcohol); and
pathologically deviant behaviors.
of Folk and Traditional Medicinal Uses
Flaxseed As a Poultice for Boils
and Skin Abscesses
Roll about 3 tbs. of flaxseed
in a 6-inch square of clean, white cloth. Twist either end tightly to contain
the flaxseed. Holding the flax parcel by each of its two ends, dip the
middle portion into a small bowl of boiling water. Wring it out, and place
the poultice on the infected area. Cover it with a dry cloth. The flaxseed
retains the heat, providing relief to the infected area. Remove the poultice
when it has cooled.
Flax As a Gel for Hair
An Albertan says that when she
was young, women used to boil flaxseed in water and then use the liquid
as a setting gel for their hair. It apparently worked very well!
as a Source of Vitamin F (Essential Fatty Acids=EFA)
Fatty Acid Composition of Linseed
% of total fatty acids
Saturated fatty acids
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids — More than half
the oil fat in linseed is of the essential omega-3 fatty acid type. Scientific
studies reporting health benefits for omega-3 fatty acids show that these
fatty acids are required for proper infant growth and development.
New research also suggests that alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty
acid which is abundant in flaxseed, offers protective effects against both
coronary heart disease and stroke. Omega-3s have been shown to also protect
against hypertension, and inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. Long-term
studies of linseed effects on breast cancer are now underway.
Omega-6 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acids — An essential
fatty acid, linoleic is the chief polyunsaturated fat in the North American
diet. Most omega-6 fatty acids in the diet come from vegetable oils.
Ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s —
Studies of hunter gatherer populations show their diets contained roughly
equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Currently, researchers
and nutrition experts recommend people replace some omega-6 fatty acids
in their diet with omega-3 fatty acids like those found in flaxseed
Flax oil is the richest vegetable
source of Omega-3. Flax and fish oil are great ways to get Omega -3 EFAs
in your diet. There are several advantages to using flax oil over fish
oil (EPA) to supply your Omega-3 E.F.A. needs. Flax oil contains about
as many Omega-3s and its specific E.F.A (linolenic acid) is 5 times more
stable then fish oil's (EPA). Flax oil requires less processing and costs
80% less than fish oil. Unlike chicken and beef, fish does not have to
be federally inspected. This increases the risk that the fish oil may be
contaminated with heavy metals such as mercury or chemicals such as PCBs.
Farm raised fish may seem reasonable but they usually contain lower levels
of EFAs and may be raised on pesticide laden meal. In comparison, organic
flax crops are meticulously cared for according to stringent third party
organic farming standards.
Some indications that an EFA deficiency
or imbalance are present are: dry skin; the need to use moisturizing
creams and lotions; "chicken skin", the presence of tiny rough bumps,
usually on the back of the arms; dry or unruly hair; dandruff; soft, fraying
or brittle nails; menstrual cramps; premenstrual breast tenderness. A person
who has these symptoms will often find that they improve by supplementing
an otherwise healthy diet with the appropriate oil. Discovering the appropriate
oil requires a bit of personal experimentation. Most people in the United
States and Europe are short on omega-3 EFAs and will benefit from supplementing
their meals with flax oil (one tablespoon a day). Flax oil should be stored
in the dark and in the refrigerator; it should not be used for cooking.