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Flax seed, properties and uses. How to use flax seeds in cooking, as a beauty remedy or in natural cosmetics, for the well-being of skin and hair.
Thanks to their beneficial properties, i flax seed they are pearls of health. The main feature of the flax seed is the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids: they are an invaluable source of omega 3 fatty acids, among the best in the plant kingdom.
Flax seeds, calories and nutritional values
THEflax seeddo they lose weight? They are rich in mucilage and fatty acids have a satiating effect, however it comes tooil seeds and as such they are very caloric.
100 grams offlax seedthey bring about 534calories(2,230 kJ), 42 g of fatty acids (mainly polyunsaturated), 27 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein. The high amount ofinsoluble fiberand ofmucilagehelp to counter and preventconstipation.
Flax seed, property
Thanks to the high content of fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6, i flax seed they help maintain the proper functioning of the immune system, reduce the risk of cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. THE flax seedthey help keep blood pressure under control and lower "bad" cholesterol.
THE flax seed they are rich in mineral salts including manganese, phosphorus, copper and magnesium and rich in vitamins including those of group B, in particular vitamin B1. It also contains a large percentage of Vitamin E whose antioxidant properties are able to fight free radicals. Let's see in detail inutritional valuesof this food. The data refer to 100 grams of product:
- Calories: 534 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 28.88 g
of which, from sugars 1.55 g, from dietary fiber 27.3 g
- Fat: 42.16 g
of which saturated 3.66 g, monounsaturated 7.52 g and polyunsaturated 28.73 g
- Protein: 18.29 g
Regarding themicronutrients, we see a contribution of thesevitamins:
- Vitamin B1: 1.66 mg
- Vitamin B2: 0.16 mg
- Vitamin B3: 3.08 mg
- Vitamin B5: 0.98 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.473 mg
- Vitamin C: 0.6 mg
It does not contain vitamin B9. Betweenmineral salts:
- Calcium: 255 mg
- Magnesium: 392 mg
- Iron: 5.73 mg
- Phosphorus: 642 mg
- Potassium: 813 mg
- Zinc: 4.34 mg
Useful information: Omega3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are calledessential fatty acidsbecause they are taken only through food since our body is unable to synthesize them. Flax seeds are an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6.
Flax seed, use
THE flax seed they can be used to enrich pasta and rice sauce. They can be added to salads, soups or minestrone. They can also be taken alone: the ideal would be a spoon (about 6 grams) in the morning, on an empty stomach, accompanied by a large glass of water.
THEflax seedthey can be added to manyrecipes. If you prepare focaccia, pizza or bread, you can simply add theflax seedto the dough, before baking.
Flax seeds for hair
In natural cosmetics, iflax seed they are very suitable for hair care. They are suitable for dull and damaged hair: there are many products based on flax seed such as creams, shampoos and oils.
You need therecipeof a DIY preparation starting from flax seed?To use theflax seeds on the hairyou just have to leave for one night i sow(whole or ground) to soak, then cook them for half an hour in the same water, over medium heat.
Filter the mixture obtained to eliminate the seeds. Pass the lotion on dry hair, leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse with a neutral shampoo. After about ten treatments, the hair will be stronger, shiny and invigorated
An even more nourishing lotion is prepared by adding a few tablespoons of sweet almond oil or macadamia oil.
Where to buy flax seeds
Flax seeds are now easily found in many supermarkets. Those who prefer can take advantage of online shopping where prices are more competitive. On Amazon, for example, half a kg of flax seeds can be bought with € 2.50 and free shipping. For all information, I refer you toThis Amazon page(500 grams of organic flax seeds, 2.50 euros).
How to store flax seeds
For proper storage of flax seeds it is necessary to store them in airtight jars. They should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat sources. In this way, flax seeds can be kept for several months. Proper storage is necessary as the essential fatty acids contained in the seeds are easily altered.
How long can i keep the ground flax seeds?
Once ground, they can be kept in the fridge for 24 hours.
From flax seeds to linseed oil
L'linseed oil is obtained by squeezing the flax seed and it is among the most "valuable" oils in terms of nutrition for the aforementioned characteristics. Linseed oil can be found in health food stores but it is always advisable to choose that of organic origin and obtained by cold pressing: for the wording just read the label.
Flaxseed oil has a higher calorie content: a 15 ml spoonful of linseed oil provides:
- 126 kcal,
- 8 g of omega-3 fatty acids
- 2 g of omega-6 fatty acids
- 3 g of Omega-9 fatty acids
The high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids make thelinseed oileasily oxidizable. For this reason, linseed oil must be kept in summerin the fridge or in any case it must always be kept in a cool place. It should be stored in dark bottles and closed quickly after each use.
Where to buy linseed oil? In the most well-stocked herbalists or on Amazon, where there are several proposals at very competitive prices. For all information onprices, I recommend you to visit "This Amazon page".
Flax seeds, contraindications
Flax seeds are not without contraindications, especially when used excessively. Do not exceed the recommended doses on a daily basis as you may incur in episodes of nausea, diarrhea, intestinal gas and stomach pain. To avoid any side effects do not exceed the dose of 6 grams per day and drink plenty of water during the day.