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Flaxseeds: the little miracle seeds

February 25, 2020
  • Nutrition
Flaxseeds: the little miracle seeds

Flaxseeds are currently very popular. Flaxseeds are used universally – whether for a healthy breakfast or other foods, they are added everywhere. Linseeds are now traded as a regional superfood – due to the nutritional hype of recent years, flaxseeds are being sold and used more and more. Many people benefit from this – including the environment, because as mentioned linseeds unlike chia seeds are usually produced regionally. Thus, if you buy regional and organic, you can avoid long transportation routes.

But what makes linseeds a superfood and how healthy are they really? We will get to the bottom of these questions and more in today’s blog post and answer them for you. We will also give you a few tips on how to include flaxseed in your breakfast.

Superfood linseeds – that’s why they are so healthy

There is a lot in that little seeds. They show their healthy properties in many different ways:

Flaxseeds support your digestion

Linseeds have been cultivated as a useful plant since the Stone Age and are still valued today, especially for their indigestible components that help digestion. In combination with water, they swell up and ensure that the food in the intestines does not stay there for too long – this also means that toxins are removed from the body more quickly. Wheat bran has a similar effect.

When eating linseeds, it is extremely important that you drink enough fluids. At least 1.5l per day, otherwise the desired effect cannot be achieved. In extreme cases it can even happen that the seeds clog the intestines. But if you drink enough, you should not have any problems with this. The linseeds normally do not have an immediate effect. It takes 2-3 days until the little digestive helpers become noticeable.

Linseeds have such a good effect on our body

The seeds unfold their effect above all in the skin. There they contain a number of mucilaginous substances, which are composed of the sugars xylose, galactose and galacturonic acid. The seeds also contain a lot of fibre, protein and fatty oil. Linseed oil, for example, is one of those vegetable foods which are particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

The swelling substances in linseed are also excellent detoxifying agents. They bind toxins and help to break them down. The unsaturated fatty acids – almost 30% (in percentage terms, more than in fish) – are anti-inflammatory, have a protective effect on the heart and circulation and support the body’s own defense cells. Furthermore, linseeds are full of healthy vitamins, such as B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. The lignans contained in the seeds also protect the hormone balance and can even have an anti-cancer effect.

Linseed porridge topping
Linseed porridge topping

Do flaxseeds help you lose weight?

Flaxseeds can certainly help you to get rid of one or two unwanted kilos. The fibre contained in linseed and its swelling in the stomach generates volume, which has a very satiating effect. However, the blood sugar level does not fluctuate greatly due to the consumption of linseed – and this prevents ravenous appetite. The many proteins and unsaturated fatty acids also stimulate muscle building. The more muscles you build up, the higher the basal metabolic rate of your body – so you automatically burn more calories.

Preparation and intake of linseeds – what do I have to consider?

There are many myths surrounding the correct dosage and intake of flaxseed. But if you consider a few points, you can’t do much wrong:

The correct dosage and side effects of flaxseeds

Are there actually also side effects with the consumption of linseeds? It is important to pay attention to the dosage when eating linseeds. Up to 15 grams can be eaten safely 3 times a day. Linseeds contain a very small amount of prussic acid. If you want to be on the safe side, you can pour hot water over the seeds before eating them. This kills off all unwanted toxins. If you take in linseeds together with medication you should also be careful and keep an interval of about 3-4 hours.

3 tips for the consumption of linseeds

There are several ways in which flaxseed can be consumed. Among them are for example: crushed, soaked, swollen, ground, pressed or also in capsule form. Here are our top 3 recommendations:

  1. The best way to eat the seeds is in ground form. This way they can develop their effect ideally.
  2. The soaked form of the seeds comes immediately after the first possibility. Simply leave them in a water bath and wait a little – they are then ready to serve immediately.
  3. Our last tip: linseed oil! Excellent for salad dressing as a substitute for olive oil. It has a delicious nutty taste – but it should not be heated.

Linseeds for breakfast? A perfect match!

Linseeds are very popular with us – especially when it comes to breakfast. Ground seeds are perfect as a protein topping for muesli or porridge. Overnight oats can also be ideally supplemented with these little digestive aids, just like yoghurt. There are countless of possibilities to spice up every imaginable meal. In soaked form, you can bake great bread with it or use the flaxseeds as a vegan egg substitute.

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