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.
Many thanks to website such as: LifeEnergySolutions and EnergyFields (No longer available on web) for their information.
Health Benefits of Other Foods
- Health Benefits of Chia Seeds - The Superfood
Chia seeds have many many health benefits and are so simple to add into your diet
- Green Tea - Nutritional and Health Benefits
Green Tea - A Tea with Many Nutritional and Health Benefits
- Health Benefits of Beetroot or Beets
Can this humble root vegetable be a 'SuperFood'? Sure it can!
© 2013 Jacqui
Robert Morgan from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 09, 2015:
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.
Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 11, 2015:
Indeed it is a powerful healthy mixture. I use it often.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 22, 2015:
thanks for your information, I love almonds , you can see I use them in my baking
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on January 31, 2015:
MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on January 31, 2015:
What a great way of explaining the 'cholesterol story'! So much clearer and easy to understand than a medical website. Thanks jlpark.
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on January 24, 2015:
Awesome to know! Thanks Boof11
boof11 on January 24, 2015:
I'm in Kapiti, NZ and buy my LSA at Binn Inn. You can buy it ground or unground... I love it !
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on October 04, 2014:
Thanks RGeary! I'll have to try that sometime soon!
RGeary on October 03, 2014:
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.
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on September 16, 2014:
That makes sense - Nick. I hadn't thought of doing that! Thanks for sharing!
nick on September 16, 2014:
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.
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on June 21, 2014:
Thanks for that Theo - good information to know!
theomajor from New Zealand on June 21, 2014:
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.
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on November 04, 2013:
Thanks Lhea150. I will keep an eye out for it...I've seen it at Countdown now that I think of it!
Lhea150 on November 01, 2013:
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!
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on October 08, 2013:
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!
tish woods on September 28, 2013:
Where can I buy LSA powder in Seattle, W.A?
Jacqui (author) from New Zealand on February 28, 2013:
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!
Fehl Dungo from close to you... on January 27, 2013:
Thank you for sharing this helpful information. Sprinkling it is a cool way to take it