“Drinking 1-2 cups a day of linseed tea helps rehydrate the colon, prevents constipation, soothes digestive irritation and helps calm the mind.”
I recommend Linseed tea to all my patients that suffer with inflammatory bowel conditions, including: IBS, Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. Particularly when symptoms are born from emotional “dis-ease”. But this simple, natural remedy also has many other benefits and can help with:
- Promoting breast health
- Reducing hot flushes
- Supporting prostate health
- Providing cardiovascular support
- Supporting healthy blood glucose metabolism
- Providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support
How does it work?
Linseed tea contains lots of soluble fibre, which supports digestion. This tea has a thick gel-like consistency and a nutty taste. It contains omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help to keep cells flexible and fluid.
This fatty acid is found in higher concentrations plants and anilmals from colder climates. Therefore linseeds grown in cooler climates will also contain higher concentrations of omega 3 than those grown in more temperate environments.
Linseeds are also rich in lignans, which certain gut bacteria can convert to phyto-oestrogens. Lignans can help to provide oestrogenic support when oestrogen levels are low, making up for some of the deficiency.
They can also offer support when oestrogen levels become too high. In this case, lignans attach to the oestrogen receptors, which reduces the activity of the body’s natural oestrogen hormones and blocks their effect in certain tissues. This is why they are so beneficial for women going through hormonal transitions, for example, the menopause, fertility treatment or cancer treatment.