Martina Feichter

Martina Feichter studied biology in Innsbruck with an optional subject in pharmacy and also immersed herself in the world of medicinal plants. From there it was not far to other medical topics that still captivate her today. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has been working for lifelikeinc.com since 2007 - first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance author.

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The seeds of Flax plant with their fatty oil, they are used therapeutically for constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Learn more about the linseed and linseed effect!

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What healing power is in flax?

The ripe seeds of seed flax (flax, linum usitatissimum) mainly contain fatty oil, proteins and fiber (including mucilaginous multiple sugars):

The mucilages swell up in the intestine by the binding of water, which increases the stool volume. As a result, the pressure on the intestinal wall increases, whereby the intestinal mobility (peristalsis) and thus the defecation are stimulated. In addition, flaxseed or the contained fatty oil make the stool smoother and more slippery. For this purpose, the flaxseed must be crushed before you take them to release the oil. The soothing linseed oil effect is also used for healing purposes, namely to soothe irritated mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract.

Thanks to this multifaceted flaxseed effect, the plant has been approved for the treatment of various diseases and disorders in the gastrointestinal tract:

  • constipation
  • laxative damaged by laxatives
  • Irritable bowel (irritable bowel) with symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and / or constipation
  • Inflammation of protuberances of the colon wall (diverticulitis)
  • dermatitis

Because flax seeds stimulate digestion and defecation, some people want to lose weight with linseed. However, one should not expect too much in this regard. Although the seeds increase the feeling of satiety and can thus support weight loss. However, the contained fat oil provides many calories (100 grams of linseed nutritional value: 488 kilocalories, 36.5 grams of fat, 7.71 grams of carbohydrates, 22.27 grams of protein).

Some studies show that the seeds of the flax plant could reduce the blood fat levels (such as the cholesterol level) when used internally. But there are other areas where flaxseed could turn out to be healthy. For example, it will be explored to what extent ingredients of flaxseed may be effective in ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, asthma and inflammatory processes.

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How is the flax applied?

For the treatment of the aforementioned gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, irritable bowel or gastritis, internal use of the seeds of the flax plant is recommended: take one tablespoon (10 to 15 grams) whole, chopped or fresh two to three times daily ground flax seeds, each with about 250 milliliters of water. The daily dose is 15 to 30 grams of flaxseed. Important: During the treatment with flaxseed during the day, you should drink plenty of fluids!

If constipated, the laxative effect of linseed occurs after about 12 to 24 hours and reaches its maximum in two to three days.

You can also swell the seeds of the flax plant and only take the linseed mucus (but not in case of constipation!): Add the daily amount of flax seed in 250 to 500 milliliters of water overnight. In the morning, boil it up briefly and then peel it off, for example through a cheesecloth, to separate the seed pods from the flaxseed mucus. Put the mucus in a thermos and drink or spoon a cup of it several times a day.

When dermatitis is sometimes a hot poultice (cataplasma) with the seeds of the flax plant recommended: To 150 grams of freshly ground flax seeds are mixed with a cup of hot water to a porridge and applied to the affected area of ​​the body.