Flax seeds in nutrition have been used for a long time, but their use was rather limited. This product has begun to gain popularity in recent years – as a means of traditional medicine for slimming and treating various diseases. Consider how helpful and safe the use of flax seed is in pancreatitis.
The benefits of flax seeds
- The greatest value for the pancreas and organs of the gastrointestinal tract is the ability of flaxseed when swelling in water to become covered with mucus (bassorin). This mucus envelops the walls of the digestive tract, protecting them from harmful influences and absorbing toxins, has a moderate bactericidal and healing effect.
- Soluble fiber of seeds stimulates intestinal peristalsis, effectively eliminating chronic constipation on the background of pancreatitis. At the same time, there is no characteristic of insoluble fiber, flatulence and colic in the stomach.
- Flax seed is rich in protein needed to restore the structure and function of the pancreas.
- The use of flax seeds is useful in diabetes mellitus, often developing on the background of pancreatitis: complex carbohydrates in its composition do not increase blood sugar levels and provide a feeling of fullness.
- Seeds contain flaxseed oil, which includes linolenic acid – an essential fatty (omega-3-unsaturated) acid. Linolenic acid normalizes fat metabolism, prevents the absorption of harmful, saturated fat and thereby prevents atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. It is part of the cell membranes and nerve fibers, is involved in many important processes.
- Flaxseed has a high content of lignans – special substances from the class of polyphenols, which are good antioxidants (protect cells from free radicals, slow down the aging process).
- Flax seed is a source of other nutrients – vitamins A, E, group B, valuable minerals (copper, phosphorus, magnesium).
How can flax seed be dangerous for pancreatitis?
Broths from flax seeds have a pronounced choleretic effect, therefore they are contraindicated in acute phases of pancreatitis and in chronic pancreatitis against the background of cholelithiasis. The whole flax seeds have a coarse structure, therefore they are also forbidden in case of acute pancreatitis and exacerbation of the chronic.
Flax seed in acute pancreatitis
In acute pancreatitis, it is not recommended to use flax seed and products based on it.
Flax seed in chronic pancreatitis
During an exacerbation of the disease, flax seed is extremely undesirable to use in the diet, including in the form of decoctions and jelly. As the exacerbation subsides, you can enter products based on flax seeds – first infusions, decoctions and kissels – in small quantities (starting with 1/4 cup) before meals.
During remission, the use of flax seeds in whole form is allowed – they can be added to cereals, fruit and vegetable salads, sauces, dairy products, sprinkle meat or fish with them, there are even drink recipes with them (fruit, berry cocktails with dressing from seeds) . The seeds ground on a coffee grinder are added at baking. It is convenient to use flour from flax seeds for quick cooking of kissels and viscous porridges, but it is desirable to grind it immediately before use, because during grinding the shell protecting the seeds from oxidation in air is destroyed, and as a result, during long-term storage many useful properties are lost and toxins accumulate.
In the presence of gallstone disease, the use of flax seeds and products based on them is not recommended.