Flaxseeds are known for their extraordinary health benefits, especially when it comes to the digestive tract. In fact, the official committee for the approval of phytotherapeutic products in Germany included flax seeds on the list of remedies for stomach and colon disease, such as chronic constipation. However, flax seeds are used for centuries as a natural remedy for heartburn sensation, constipation, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other problems of the digestive tract.
What’s their secret?
But why are flax seeds so efficient when it comes to the health of the digestive tract? The main compound of these seeds, which protects the stomach and the bowels, is the mucilaginous fiber. This is a type of dietary fiber, but it can rarely be found in other foods or products. This water-soluble fiber forms a gel inside your stomach, which acts as a protection against numerous gastro-intestinal issues.
The other fiber present in flax seeds enhances the natural movement of the bowels, which helps fighting constipation. Moreover, mucilaginous fiber promotes the intestinal absorption of nutrients, so that you can benefit more from the nutritive value of each food you ingest.
The high amount of fiber from flaxseeds helps in eliminating the stool and increases its volume. This way, flax seeds heal chronic constipations, contribute to the regular movement of the bowels, provide satiety, calm the gastrointestinal tract and provide relief in the case of gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases. Not to mention that your overall health will be improved, thanks to a better absorption of the nutrients.
Furthermore, flaxseeds also have a high amount of lignans, a type of polyphenols contained by plants, which considerably reduce the risk of colorectal and breast cancer.
How to prepare a homemade remedy with flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds have excellent health benefits, and they can cure or help in curing gastritis, duodenal and peptic ulcers. The following treatment is a homemade solution for these diseases.
- Two tablespoons of flaxseed powder
- One teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- A glass of water
Grind the flaxseeds and obtain a homemade powder or buy directly the powder directly. However, never use flaxseeds that are not properly ground, because you will not benefit from their properties.
In a small pot, put a glass of water and bring it to a boil, then add the flaxseed powder and simmer the mix for about 10 minutes. During this time, continue to stir.
After those 10 minutes, transfer the solution to a bowl and let it chill. When it is lukewarm, you can add the fresh lemon juice. Stir until you obtain a smooth solution and then consume it. You should do this once a day, in order to treat stomach diseases.
- Always use ground flaxseeds, because the intestinal tract is not able to break down the shell of the seeds so that these will be eliminated just as they are if you ingest them whole.
- Never add the lemon juice to a hot drink, such as hot tea, because it will lose most of its nutritious value. Wait until the beverage has a lower temperature, and then add the lemon juice.