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Health Benefits of Linseed, Sunflower and Almond (LSA) Mix

Updated on June 29, 2014

LSA - Add to Anything!

Finely ground LSA - great for Sprinkling!
Finely ground LSA - great for Sprinkling! | Source

Linseed, Sunflower and Almond Powder/Meal

What does it make you think of when you see it? Linseed, also known as Flaxseed, Sunflower, and Almond is a well known, at least by Doctors and Naturopaths, supplement. However, there are not many of us 'lay people' who know much about it. I seek to change that today!

LSA was first produced by Dr Sandra Cabot and is discussed in her book Liver Cleansing Diet book - featured below in the Amazon section. Go and check it out!

As the name suggests, LSA is often produced in a ground meal type form, making it easy to be added to anything your heart, or liver, desires. It boasts numerous good nutrients as well as it's benefits - which I will discuss later on in the hub.

LSA is a great source of Omega-3, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and fibre. It is rich in protein, which helps to curb the sugar cravings and control blood sugars. Other nutrients found in LSA are: Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, Vitamin A, E, D, B1, B2, B5, magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, copper and zinc. All that from a spoonful of a nutty flavoured powder? Wow!

So what else does it do??

LSA is useful in detoxing and cleansing the liver. The liver is the workhorse of the body (aside from your ticker, that is!). It cleans and filters the blood for the entire body. It is also the "regulatory body" of the body's metabolism - increasing and decreasing as necessary. The Liver also produces (along with some that we eat) HDL cholesterol - or the GOOD cholesterol. HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) works as a 'scavenger' - seeking out LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and taking it back to the liver to be processed. Even in lay terms it's easy to figure out - HDL (Good) Cholesterol - we want more of this, LDL - Bad - less of this.

The liver also produces Triglycerides - the UGLY cholesterol - but we tend to add a LOT more of this from our diet. If the liver is processing in optimum condition, I suspect that it will be producing more accurate amounts of Triglycerides.

Linseed is great for your skin, in a ground meal, as well as being a rich source of lignans - a phytoestrogen that protects against cancer particularly hormone sensitve cancers such as prostate or breast. Do make sure that you have purchased an LSA that is not heated and do not heat it as you will lose a lot of the omega 3 in heating Linseed.

How do I eat it? Where from?

LSA is found in many health food stores, and even in some vegetable stores here in New Zealand, which is where I purchase mine. Often found in the refridgerated section - this helps to prevent the ground meal from going rancid - it is best to store in the fridge once opened also.

There are numerous recipes online on how to make your own. Amounts differ, so I suggest looking for one you are happy with.

How to eat it? Sprinkle it upon anything! It is great on muesli or cereal in the mornings, in smoothies, mix it with yoghurt, sprinkle on salads. However, if you wish to sprinkle it into something you will be cooking - it will lose some of it's omega 3 properties. Perhaps if adding to porridge, add after cooking rather than during.

Just a few spoonfuls a day can work wonders.

Many thanks to website such as: LifeEnergySolutions , BodyAndSoul , EnergyFields for their information.

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      Fehl Dungo 4 years ago from close to you...

      Thank you for sharing this helpful information. Sprinkling it is a cool way to take it

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      Jacqui 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Gives a slight nutty flavour to cereal/muesli - which is actually quite pleasant. I've been neglecting it lately, I shall have some this morning!

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      tish woods 3 years ago

      Where can I buy LSA powder in Seattle, W.A?

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm from New Zealand, so I'm not able to give you a "oh, go see Jane at (name of shop)" type answer. We seem to be able to find it here in fruit and vegatable stores who seem to have ground items etc like almonds, carob etc.

      A health food store may be able to help you - they may have it, or if not be able to tell you.

      I was in Seattle just before we discovered LSA or I would be able to tell you! Sorry!

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      Lhea150 3 years ago

      We buy our LSA and Linseed Oil and most of that Jazz from Countdown (here in New Zealand) just so you know to look out for it during your next shop. Thanks for the article it was very helpful!

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Lhea150. I will keep an eye out for it...I've seen it at Countdown now that I think of it!

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      theomajor 2 years ago from New Zealand

      There is a danger in buying this type of health product if you don't read labels carefully. Preservatives are commonly added and not the friendly 300 series (vitamin C based). We purchased some last week for use in the new blender. We obtained a Ceres Organics product from Paknsave. The only brand not containing bad preservatives. New Zealand is worse than a lot of other countries for adding benzoate (200 series) and other detrimental preservatives to many common food/drink products.

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for that Theo - good information to know!

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      nick 2 years ago

      Wouldn't it be better to make your own at home as you need it. Once the seeds have been broken wouldn't they lose goodness? I have the nutrimagic grinder part. I follow what I call 3 2 1 of lsa. 3 tsp linseed. 2 sunflower. And 1 almonds.

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      That makes sense - Nick. I hadn't thought of doing that! Thanks for sharing!

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      RGeary 2 years ago

      I make my own with fresh organic ingredients - 1 cup Linseed + 2/3 cup Sunflower Seeds + 1/3 cup almonds, put it in a high speed blender (I use the milling blade on my nutribullet) and hey presto 30 seconds later its done. I store in a dark airtight container in the fridge. I make a new batch every five to seven days.

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks RGeary! I'll have to try that sometime soon!

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      boof11 2 years ago

      I'm in Kapiti, NZ and buy my LSA at Binn Inn. You can buy it ground or unground... I love it !

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome to know! Thanks Boof11

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      What a great way of explaining the 'cholesterol story'! So much clearer and easy to understand than a medical website. Thanks jlpark.

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Marie.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your information, I love almonds , you can see I use them in my baking

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      Akriti Mattu 23 months ago from Shimla, India

      Indeed it is a powerful healthy mixture. I use it often.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Jacqui, this is excellent information. I use both sunflower seed and flax and love to mix them into my almond milk. Thank you for writing this article. Blessings... Oh, almost for got Hemp seeds are amazing to blend in to this mixture as well.

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