Health Benefits of Linseed, Sunflower and Almond (LSA) Mix
LSA - Add to Anything!
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.
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