Linseed (also known as Flaxseed) is an ingredient in traditional herbal remedies registered with the medicines regulator - MHRA for the short term relief of constipation.
Some people believe flaxseed helps with heart health, supports a person's mood and emotional wellbeing and helps maintain the skin's barriers. However, the European food regulator EFSA has rejected health claims for these uses due to a lack of evidence.
While flaxseed hasn't yet been shown to improve heart disease risk, there's some evidence that flaxseed and flaxseed oil may lower cholesterol levels. For instance, a 2008 study of 66 patients published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found lipid-lowering effects following a daily supplement of tablets containing flaxseed. However, the NHS says: "Evidence suggests that vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids may not have the same benefits for reducing the risk of heart diseaseas as those in oily fish."
Ground flaxseed - but not flaxseed oil - may also help with menopausal symptoms. Research has shown that 40 grams per day may be similar to hormone therapy for improving mild menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats. However, another study found no benefits of flaxseed in relieving menopausal symptoms.
Some study results suggest flaxseed may improve kidney function in people with lupus, but more research is needed. If you have lupus - or any other medical condition - it's very important to talk to your doctor about any supplements you take.
Naturally Incredible Bakery uses a lot of linseed and particularly in the best selling Golden Linseed Loaf.