Come up onto the stage and say hello to me at The Garden Shed and Pantry stall where I have some of everything and always something new! Everything is fresh and lovely. Guaranteed!
Linseed, also often called flaxseed, is grown organically right here in Tasmania, by Kindred Organics. However, it is one of my least popular products, despite its amazing health properties and ease with which it can be fitted into any diet.
Whether you wish to do all you can to keep cancer at bay, or wish to keep your heart and arteries healthy, linseed is your man! Moreover, it has wonderful immune boosting properties and can be very helpful with constipation caused by inflammation in the large intestine. It is certainly of definite advantage for helping diabetics as it contains high quality linoleic faty acids, which enable insulin to be more effective. Also being gluten free means everyone can benefit.
Radiation has increased in our lives, from computer screens, power lines, all electrical devices, TV’s, nuclear disasters and radiation therapies for cancers. The evidence is clear that this is a contributing factor for modern day illnesses due to the adverse effect of increasing free radicals in our bodies due to radiation. The essential fatty acids, viamin A and minerals in linseed have been shown to help repair the cells after exposure and a daily dose of linseed can keep your body from accumulating free radicals.
Traditionally used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and proven effective in rigorous western research, there is no doubt that linseed delivers on its promises.
There is a lot of talk about the omega-3’s found in fish oil but it is becoming more and more difficult, if not already impossible, to find fish oil with no contamination of heavy metals and other pollutants. However, organic linseed is readily available and that grown in the chemical free and naturally rich soils at Kindred in Tasmania would have to be one of the purest in the world.
I do not want to make unrealistic claims on the benefits of just one seed, but if I were you, I would be including at least one heaped tablespoon of organic linseed per day, freshly ground daily by you (eg in a coffee grinder) and sprinkled on your breakfast. Or soak it overnight in water and use in your smoothies. Do not buy ground linseed as, because of its high oil content, it rapidly oxidises and therefore becomes carcinogenic, just the thing you are trying to avoid! If you grind too much it can be stored in the fridge for a day or two only.