Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is a crop native to the Mediterranean, which has seen extensive use since the ancient Egyptian times. It is mostly used and spun to make cloth thanks to the fibers it produces. The plant’s seeds are oval shaped, shiny and brown, and are harvested for the oils they contain. Other parts of the flaxseed are used for preparing a tea that has numerous health benefits. It also provides some essential nutrients such as omega fatty acids, lignans and fibers that can improve the overall health.
Here are some of the health benefits of flaxseed tea:
The flaxseed tea helps clean the digestive system and resolve many issues associated with gastrointestinal health. If you are suffering from diarrhea, constipation or other gastrointestinal issues, a cup of flaxseed tea is one of the best ways to relieve the symptoms. The tea can also help with abdominal cramps and significantly improves the kidney and bladder health.
Flaxseed tea can improve the cardiovascular health thanks to its fatty acids content. The fatty acids can prevent serious cardiovascular issues and reduce inflammation, while improving the health of the arteries and reducing the cholesterol levels. This will result in prevention of other cardiovascular problems.
The tea contains phytoestrogens, hormones that help women relieve premenstrual and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches and mild pains. The flaxseed tea can also prevent breast and ovarian cancer according to studies.
Here’s how to prepare this amazing tea:
3 tablespoons of flaxseed
1 l. of boiling water
The preparation is the same as preparing any other tea – put the flaxseed in a liter of boiling water and it’s done. It’s best if you prepare the tea in the evening and let it stay overnight. You can use a thermos for this, or a bowl with a lid. Strain the tea in the morning, and you should get a thick liquid.
If you are using tea bags for the tea, steep one bag in hot water for 2-4 minutes. Add sugar, honey or lemon afterwards to taste.
Note: you must consult with your doctor before drinking flaxseed tea if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any prescription medications.
Flaxseed tea offers even more health benefits besides these. It can reduce the symptoms of depression, heartburn, cold, flu and improve the condition of the hair and skin. Thanks to its therapeutic compounds, flaxseed is very effective in treating various conditions and diseases. Some consider it a super nutrient and take it as a supplement to their diet – it can offer some compounds that cannot be found in other foods.