Herb of the Day: Linseed


Linseed
( Linum usitatissimum )

Linseed has been cultivated in the Middle East for at least 7000 years. Its seed and fiber have been put to innumerable uses, both medicinal and industrial through history. Recently, linseed has been shown to have very high levels of essential fatty acids, making it valuable in maintaining a healthy heart and circulation, and in preventing chronic inflammatory diseases. Originally native to temperate zones in Europe and Asia, linseed is now widely cultivated in temperate regions, including Canada and the U. S., Argentina, and northern Europe. It is grown from seed in the spring and harvested when seed is ripe in late summer or early autumn. Linseed is unusual in that it has very high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, similar to those found in fish oil. Recent research shows that omega-3 oils have cancer fighting activity. They also protect the heart and circulation, and help to reduce heart irregularities. Ground linseed appears to be specifically useful against endometrial and breast cancer, it is rich in omega-3 oils, which are deficient in most Western diets. The seeds soak up and retain fluid within the gut, helping to make the stool softer and encouraging easier bowel movements.
Aids with nutrient, demulcent, laxative, antioxidant, phytoestrogenic, emollients, breast cancer,boils, carbuncles, coughs, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary troubles such as chronic cystitis.

Contains:Fixed oil, ( approximately 35 % ),including about 55 % alpha linolenic acid ( omega-3 essential fatty acid),20% linoleic acid ( omega-6 essential fatty acid ) Protein about 26 %, Fiber about 14%, Mucilage about 12%, Minerals about 4%, Sterols, Lignans ( in seed but not oil) ,Cyanogenic glycosides,

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