Oil obtained from flax seeds is one of the oldest and most beneficial products for our health. If you haven’t introduced it into your diet yet, now is the time to do so. Goodshapetips tells about the wonderful qualities of linseed oil and how to use it.
Composition of linseed oil
What makes flaxseed oil so valuable? “First of all, it has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids: linolenic (Omega-3) – 60% and linoleic (Omega-6) – 20%, – says Evgenia Mayevskaya, gastroenterologist, PhD, nutritionist of the Center beauty and health “On Gilyarovskogo”. – These important substances, necessary for our life and well-being, are not synthesized in the body and come only with food. Flaxseed oil is also rich in fat-soluble vitamins E, A and provitamin F.
Unaccustomed to it, a special, slightly fishy, smell of linseed oil can scare away. In fact, this specific aroma is just a testament to the high quality of the product and proof that no other vegetable oils have been added to it.
Linseed oil is obtained by cold pressing, during which flax seeds are processed at a temperature not exceeding 40-50°C. All useful substances – vitamins, phospholipids, unsaturated fatty acids – are preserved with such a gentle production method. It should be borne in mind that flax oil is easily oxidized, so it must be protected from exposure to sunlight and air. Store linseed oil in a dark bottle, and after opening – at a temperature of 4 ± 2 ° C, tightly closing the vessel with a lid.
Useful properties of linseed oil
Due to the high content of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, linseed oil is especially useful for those who suffer from atherosclerosis of blood vessels, lipid metabolism disorders and obesity. This is due to the fact that polyunsaturated fatty acids contribute to the normalization of cholesterol metabolism in the body, reducing the content of its “bad” fraction. The daily intake of flaxseed oil, like other vegetable oils, is about two teaspoons.
“Flaxseed oil also helps to cure asthma, helps to recover faster after surgical operations, because it has the ability to increase the overall resistance of the body,” says Evgenia Maevskaya. – As an addition to the main therapy, it is also used in the treatment of arthritis, various diseases of the kidneys and endocrine glands. Flaxseed oil is a sure way to support the nervous system during stressful situations.”
Flaxseed oil has traditionally been used in folk medicine in the form of wet dressings and rubbing to treat skin conditions and burns. With its help, they successfully got rid of corns and cornifications on the fingers and soles of the feet.
Linseed oil has an extremely beneficial effect on the skin: it moisturizes, makes it smooth, soft and velvety. It is a powerful antioxidant that promotes the rapid regeneration of epidermal cells. If you are going to lose weight thoroughly – ten or more kilograms, but are afraid that the skin will sag ugly as a result of such an experiment, take 1-2 teaspoons of flax oil daily, and also use it for body massage. Your skin will become more elastic, elastic, and as a result, it will “sit down” perfectly according to the figure.
Linseed oil in Russian cuisine
“Linseed oil has always been used in Russian cuisine,” says Evgeniya Maevskaya. – The easiest way to introduce this valuable product into your diet is to try seasoning it with various fresh vegetable salads, after mixing it with a small amount of sour cream, yogurt, kefir, mayonnaise or any other vegetable oil – olive, corn, sunflower, grape seed oil. Flax oil can be seasoned with cereals, boiled potatoes or added to the first and second courses after they are cooked. It is useful and very tasty to mix linseed oil with cottage cheese and finely chopped fresh herbs: parsley, dill, cilantro.
Keep in mind that flaxseed oil, unlike some other vegetable oils, is completely unsuitable for frying. Any heat treatment will destroy all the nutritional and healing properties of this wonderful product, making it absolutely useless.
Contraindications for use
There are cases when linseed oil should not be used. Refrain from using this product if you have gallstones, biliary tract diseases, or if you are taking antiviral drugs or antidepressants at the same time. Flax oil should be limited in case of pancreatitis, hepatitis and other liver diseases. Use with caution during pregnancy and lactation, especially if you are prone to allergic reactions.