linum usitatissimum


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Pale blue flowers have 5 slightly overlapping petals. The famous seed (from inside a papery brown seed pod) is used as a fiber for digestive and bowel issues like diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation. Contains 800 times more lignan (a plant estrogen) than other plants. Used for female problems. Has essential fatty acids that help lubricate the body and promote regularity. Anti-inflammatory. The darker brown seed type has more Omega 3 than the golden yellow flax. Used in cancer therapy and raw food diets. Promotes strong bones, nails, skin and teeth. Flax is kind of gritty and hard, I prefer chia seeds over flax.
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Vetch 54 Pisum sativum Pea 446 Linum usitatissimum Flax 3164 Non-economic taxa - 297 Ubiquity (%) Proportion (%) Taxon (30 samples) N = 68 794 Cereal indet.
Scientific research suggests that the edible-liquid version of the boiled seed of the linum usitatissimum plant does have an impressive list of extraordinary benefits.