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Linseed oil – the manufacture, application, effect and recipes

Linseed oil is from the seeds of the Ölleins &#8211 pressed; either cold, then it takes on a Golden-yellow color, or warm, then it becomes yellow-brown. It smells of freshly mown hay, tastes a little to the nut and to fish, long it is stored, however, and bitter and rancid.

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The most important facts

  • Linseed oil serves not only to painters as a binder and as an ingredient in salads, but also a healing is due to its valuable ingredients.
  • It is an essential source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Linseed oil stabilizes the heart-blood circulation and is doing a good job against gastro-intestinal ailments such as Gastritis, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea.
  • Doctors suspect that the Oil also has a positive effect on Diabetes, Asthma and ovarian cancer. This is currently being investigated.


Linseed oil swells out in front of healthy ingredients, which vary depending on the area of cultivation of the flax. In addition, 18 percent of unsaturated fatty acids and up to 72 per cent belong to the ten percent saturated fatty acids such as palmitic or stearic acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega-3-linolenic acid, Omega-6-linoleic acid and Oleic acid.

Ten times as much Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish

Thus, it is one of the most important food to the valuable Omega-acids, supply: Of the polyunsaturated fatty acids of up to 70 percent Omega-3 fatty acids and up to 24% Omega-6 linoleic acid. Of all the Oils black cumin oil has a similarly high percentage of these acids – no other vegetable oil contains more Omega-3 fatty acids. Linseed oil contains even up to ten times as much as fish oil.

Mucilage, vitamins and phytoestrogens

This linseed oil contains mucilage, Lecithin, protein, Cadmium, and Lina Marin. Of vitamins it contains Provitamin A, vitamins B1, B2 and B 6, also Vitamin C, D, E and K, sterols, Folic Add, Pantothenic and nicotinic acid. The trace elements contained include a wide spectrum of iron in addition to potassium, calcium to Magnesium, zinc, sodium, copper and Iodine. In addition, Flaxseed oil has lignans, hormone-like substances that act as antioxidants.

Effects on health

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids strengthen the cardiovascular system and prevent heart attacks. You increase the ability to focus and strengthen the brain functions. In addition, they raise the mood, because of their impact on the dopamine level. Vitamin A acts as antioxidant and protects against free Radicals. Lignans are phytoestrogens, the problems of menopause, alleviate in women.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids strengthen the cardiovascular system and prevent heart attacks. Linseed oil fatty acids, an excellent supplier of this Omega. (Image: Jiri Hera/


Not only the dose makes the “poison”, but in the case of linseed oil, the incorrect storage. Linseed oil is often open and long, so that it comes into contact with oxygen, it can oxidize. It tastes rancid and interferes with the digestive: diarrhea and constipation, or both alternately, are possible.

Vitamins and Omega acids can act not only by defect, but also by Overdose is harmful. A tablespoon of Flaxseed oil per day is completely sufficient to achieve the daily dose of Omega-fatty acids.

One to two grams of Omega-3 fatty acids per day are not enough, according to the German nutrition society only weakens much of a Good immune even defensive, and may lead to internal bleeding. The positive effect of the Omega-3 Oils on the cardiovascular system is reversed in the case of Overdose to the contrary: The biggest danger is a sudden cardiac death. Therefore, the Federal Institute for risk assessment limits for the content of Omega-3 calls-fatty acids in foods.

Linseed oil as a food

Linseed oil with hemp and poppy-seed Oil to the three oil crops, which are originally from Europe and here were cultivated. Since the Neolithic period it was a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids, because the main food of the local grain, especially Omega-6 acids.

Quark and Oil

In traditional recipes, linseed oil is found mainly in dairy products, so eat on the Basis of Quark, cream and yoghurt, for example, in cream herring, boiled potatoes with curd cheese or salads. Here it is less about the taste. Without cooling, these dishes were angry earlier, especially in the summer quickly, the Oil acted as a preservative.

Strong Taste Of Its Own

Linseed oil (if it is not old and rancid) has based an intensive flavour with light Nut. Therefore, it is – particularly in connection with carrier Oils such as sunflower, rapeseed or olive, and juices of lemon, lime, or lemon, Apple, wine, or other &#8211 fruit vinegar; for salad dressings, marinades and Dips.

Linseed oil fit to a variety of healthy foods and dishes and not only lends a special touch, but is enriched with essential vitamins and fatty acids. (Image: Alexander Raths/

Salads, potatoes and cereals

It is particularly suited to the field salad, arugula, walnuts, lentil dishes, Couscous, and Bulgur, but also in cereals, to eat oatmeal and potato. In Quark touched it not only provides Omega acids, but gives it a creamy consistency and is, together with spices such as Paprika, chives, parsley, Dill, pepper, onions, garlic or shallots to a Dip. This is also good on bread.

Linseed oil in cosmetics

Although there is no scientific proof that the skin absorbs the Omega-fatty acids, but flax seed oil is exactly this promise of the vendor is widely used in skin creams. It is also used to manufacture Soaps.

However, the linseed oil existing vitamins to regenerate the fragile-cracked skin from the inside, if these damages are a consequence of a lack of the appropriate nutrients. These nutrients are now coming through the linseed oil in the blood, skin and connective tissue more elastic and the cells regenerate.

As A Remedy

In addition to its positive effect on the heart blood circulation linseed oil works well against clogging and thus prevents consequential damage resulting from chronic constipation, such as, for example, fissures and hemorrhoids. But it can also act against diarrhea – generally, it stabilizes the intestinal functions. The linseed oil relieves the stimuli, and in particular attacked the mucous membranes in the gastro-intestinal tract. So, it acts also against the irritable bowel syndrome. Linseed oil helps a laxative damaged colon – there is abdominal pain, bloating, and inflammation of the colon wall relieves.

Taken with Flaxseed oil lowers blood fat levels. Currently, research is ongoing whether the ingredients of the linseed oil can also be used for the treatment of ovarian cancer, Diabetes, Asthma and infectious diseases. Results but still. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)