Flaxseed, also known as flax, has provided its benefits to humanity for years. With nothing more than the contribution it has made to the textile industry -the fabric called linen comes from its stem- it already deserves to be in a place of honor among the useful plants for our species, and its seeds, tiny, bright and colorful. dark caramel, have taken on great relevance in recent times, when natural alternatives to take care of our health are greatly appreciated since their composition is mostly oils.
Thus, flaxseed is an essential in the cupboards because, in addition to being an unconditional enhancer of hair beauty, it has many other benefits.
Although naturopaths, such as the renowned Txumari Alfaro, recommend flaxseed for weight regulation and digestive function, science backs it up, too. The Mayo Clinic highlights which, in addition to being rich in fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3, contributes to better digestive health, relieves constipation, but also helps regulate cholesterol, which represents great support in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In this sense, a study published in Nutrition and Metabolism argues that flaxseed consumption lowers total and LDL cholesterol in plasma and increases fat excretion, in addition to the fact that they may play a role in the body’s energy balance.
Likewise, another Article published in the journal Nutrients highlights that flaxseed compounds such as alpha linolenic acid and lignano secoisolariciresinol diglucoside, in addition to its fatty acids and fiber content, offer valuable bioactivity for the health of human beings “through its anti-inflammatory action, antioxidant capacity and lipid-modulating properties”. It is worth mentioning that being rich in antioxidants helps delay and prevent premature aging.
Those who seek to regulate weight and control hunger also find fiber a valuable ally and that is why flaxseed is also credited with valuable characteristics to combat obesity.
Popular wisdom also points to flaxseed as an aphrodisiac seed that stimulates libido in both men and women, and by contributing to proper blood circulation, it influences better orgasms. It is also said that being a powerful anti-inflammatory, relieves joint pain and decreases the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and even contributes to the well-being of women during and after menopausebecause it is said to positively influence hormonal balance.
To obtain its benefits, it is recommended to eat it ground (because it is easier to digest), at breakfast, in juices or smoothies, a tablespoon sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, or salads. It is convenient that, being a food with a lot of fiber, we drink a lot of water while we consume it in our diet.
The Mayo Clinic suggests adding a teaspoon to sauces that are used in a sandwich and as part of recipes such as cookies, baked breads. However, it is best to always consult a specialist and avoid consuming any supplement in case of pregnancy, or food intolerances.
The famous formula to moisturize hair
Flaxseeds contain an oil full of repairing and moisturizing benefits that soften and protect damaged, dry, rebellious, frizzy and frizzy hair. It can be extracted very easily and although its molecules, like those of any homemade product, are too thick to penetrate the hair fiber, it offers notorious temporary results such as shine, shape and silkiness.
Three tablespoons of whole flaxseeds should be cooked in a cup of boiling water. At medium temperature, stir with a clean spoon from time to time, for about five minutes, and soon we will notice that the texture of the water changes, becoming denser. Remove from heat, strain and let cool.
Can be stored in an airtight container and used on damp hair washed with shampoo and conditioner as usual. It is applied from the middle to the ends, with the hands and can be left until the next wash. The denser, the stronger the hold, which is useful for those with curly or wavy hair who want to keep their curls in shape.
To make the most of the benefits of this seed in the hair, you can resort to ampoules or specialized products of which, in addition, there is a wide variety on the market. Being made in laboratories, they allow their nutrients to penetrate deep into the hair.
Moisturizing face mask
Another common home treatment is the flaxseed face mask, which promises luminosity and hydration. Obviously the experimentation is valid once let’s check that there is no sensitivity or allergies to this ingredient and if we do not suffer from any skin conditionsuch as sensitivity, acne, eczema, rosacea, and if this is the case, it is best to consult with the dermatologist and cosmetologist about the appropriate treatments.
To prepare the mask, proceed with the same ingredients that are used for the hair moisturizer, and there are even those who recommend replacing the water with milk. In this case, the whole or ground seeds are left to rest in the liquid overnight in a hermetically sealed container.
The result will be that the liquid will dawn more dense or viscous. Strain and apply to a clean face with the help of a brush. Leave it on for 15 minutes and remove with plenty of warm water and moisturizer is applied as usual.
In addition to their effect, the wonderful thing about these formulas is that they give us the opportunity to spend minutes of care and pleasure with the virtues that nature offers us.