Linseed for constipation

Required material

1 - 2 tbsp linseed (flaxseed)

150 ml water

Application

The soluble fibre (mucilage) contained in the seeds acts as a bulking agent in the gut, thereby stimulating digestion and increasing the volume of the bowel contents. This only takes effect after 2 to 3 days.

To relieve constipation, you should take 1 to 2 tablespoons of linseed 2 to 3 times a day. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids after taking linseed (at least 1.5 litres per day).

Warning

  • As linseed can interfere with the absorption of medicine, it should only be taken 2 to 3 hours after medication.
  • You shouldn’t take linseed if you have had an intestinal obstruction in the past, suffer from gastrointestinal inflammation or have problems with the oesophagus or stomach (constriction, cancer).
  • As a precaution, pregnant women shouldn't take linseed as there are indications that linseed oil can lead to increased rates of miscarriage. Talk to your gynaecologist if you suffer from constipation during pregnancy.

Effect

Linseed can have the following effects:

  • Laxative
  • Emollient
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Analgesic

Helps against

Constipation, stomach ache

Synonyms

linseed for constipation, linseed, flaxseed

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