Flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum)

Flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum) was widespread since the Paleolithic era. However, its nutritional value has been reported in recent decades. It is recommended for people whose diet is based on fruits and vegetables, as a natural dietary supplement.

The seed of the plant is available.



General Information

Flaxseed (Latin name: Linum Usitatissimum) belongs to the family Linaceae. It blooms from June to July and its seeds ripen from August to September.

Historical References

In the Paleolithic era, it was used to make fabrics in Europe. Later, it was domesticated and its intensive cultivation began in the rest of Europe. There is evidence that there were domesticated crops in both China and India. In ancient Egypt, flaxseed had a special place in their daily lives. The upper class, the inhabitants of Egypt, wore only linen clothes, and the Romans used it as a cloth for their sails. With the fall of the Roman Empire, there was a decline in the production of flax.

Health Benefits

Its seeds have high oil content and ingredients have linoleic and linolenic acid. They contain glycosides that improve digestion. They are a great source of omega 3 fats. They are associated with strong antioxidant activity due to the lignans they contain. Some research has shown that it can even prevent the development of colon cancer. While fiber, in addition to good bowel function, also helps lower cholesterol. In general, it is recommended for people whose diet is based on fruits and vegetables.
For its consumption, it is good to ground the seed. When taken whole it is not digested by the stomach and the nutrients inside it along with the seed are discarded.

Available Forms

  • Seed

Origin: India

Caution! Excessive consumption can be toxic. Consumption by pregnant women is not recommended due to its lignans, which are natural estrogens.

Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.