Properties of linseed oil
In cosmetic medicine it is widely used linseed oil. It was loved by the doctors and cosmetologists? What are the useful properties of flaxseed oil. In all this try to understand the Country of the Soviets.
Useful properties of linseed oil were known to our ancestors. In Russia flax oil was an integral part of the diet. It was added to baked pastry to give it a pleasant aroma and ruddy tinge, seasoned them with vegetables during the fasting period, prepared holiday dishes on the basis of linseed oil. Folk healers believed that the properties of linseed oil allow him to heal wounds and cuts, to alleviate pain.
Useful properties of Flaxseed oil are retained in full if it was received by cold pressing (pressing). Flaxseed oil obtained by using this technology can be used for medicinal purposes. The color of linseed oil depends on the degree of purification and can vary from golden to brown.
Useful properties of Flaxseed oil due to its composition. Flaxseed oil contains a number of vitamins (A, B, E, F, K), polyunsaturated acids (Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9) and saturated fatty acids (0.1 composition). Acids Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), Omega-6 (linolenic acid) and Omega-9 (oleic acid) have a positive effect on cellular activity and the rate of transmission of nerve impulses. The peculiarity of these acids is that they are not produced by the body on their own. In this case, in contrast to the Omega-6 acid, which is found in many vegetable oils, Omega-3 is found only in linseed oil.
Flaxseed oil in medicine
The basis of the useful properties of linseed oil lies normalization of metabolic processes in the body (and it is possible due to the acids Omega-3 and Omega-6). Among the properties of flax oil, we can distinguish the following:
- the reduction of cholesterol and blood viscosity, improving elasticity of blood vessels
- the normalization of the digestive system
- improved immunity .
Due to the favorable impact on many organs and organ systems, the useful properties of linseed oil allow you to use it for treatment and prevention of several diseases. in particular:
- cardiovascular disease: coronary heart disease, hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke, atherosclerosis, blood clots
- diseases of the digestive system: heartburn. colitis, gastritis, constipation, helminthiasis, liver disease
- cancer: colorectal cancer, breast cancer
- diseases of the respiratory system (lungs and bronchi)
- diseases of the nervous system;
- diseases of the excretory organs (bladder and kidneys)
- thyroid gland diseases;
- skin diseases, wounds, cracks, blisters, burns (applied externally)
- erectile dysfunction in men.
Also linseed oil is used in rehabilitating weak and postoperative patients. Flaxseed oil is useful for children (promotes the full development of the body) and for pregnant women (facilitates the course of pregnancy and childbirth, contributes to the proper development of the fetal brain). Also, linseed oil helps normalize the hormonal background, soften the premenstrual syndrome and smooth out the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
Flaxseed oil in cosmetology
Cosmetologists include flax oil in masks for hair and skin (especially dry and aging) — find application rejuvenating, soothing and bactericidal properties of linseed oil. In addition, linseed oil is beneficial for the skin due to the high content of vitamins. From linseed oil and ground coffee, you can prepare a peeling to fight cellulite. it is easy to apply and does not irritate the skin. And from 0.5 tsp. linseed oil, one capsule of vitamin E and egg yolk is a mask for dry and damaged skin of hands. It should be applied to pre-steamed hands and keep for half an hour, putting on top cosmetic gloves.
Nutritionists believe that Flaxseed oil is good to use for weight loss - it is enough to replace in your diet some of the animal fats for edible flaxseed oil, which is easier to digest. It normalizes lipid metabolism and promotes weight loss. And for vegetarians who do not eat fish, linseed oil is generally indispensable - it becomes a source of fatty acids that non-vegetarians receive from fish.
The use of linseed oil
Biological value linseed oil of the highest among all edible oils. 1-2 tbsp of Flaxseed oil per day should be sufficient to meet the daily needs of the organism as fatty acids and fats, since Flaxseed oil contains more unsaturated fatty acids than all other products.
Linseed oil can be added to food (salads, vinaigrettes, cereals, sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, etc.). Best kept useful properties of Flaxseed oil has not been subjected to heat treatment, so it is better to use cold.
Flaxseed oil is sold in liquid form (for use in food and cosmetics) and capsules (for oral administration). High quality fresh flax oil is odorless, transparent and slightly yellow. If Flaxseed oil has deteriorated, it acquires viscosity, turbidity, bitter taste and the smell of linseed oil. Spoiled linseed oil in any case can not be used in food, medicinal and cosmetic purposes! To preserve the useful properties of flaxseed oil, store it in a dark jar with a tightly closed lid in a dark place. Too low and too high temperatures are equally harmful to linseed oil.