The oil from the seed of the Alsi plant is rich in omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), which improve the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The seeds of the Alsi plant are edible both raw and roasted. They contain lignans, which are beneficial for the body because they act like antioxidants and neutralize inflammatory agents in the body. Although most people prefer the raw form, the oil can also be consumed.
Flaxseeds are considered an excellent source of dietary fiber, and the oil they contain is extremely unsaturated. In fact, flaxseeds contain a high percentage of fatty acids. Because of their high level of unsaturated fats, they can be eaten year-round, even in the cold. However, you should avoid consuming too much as too much can lead to gastrointestinal problems, including bloating and constipation.
While whole Alsi seeds may pass through the digestive tract undigested, ground Alsi seeds are better for the body. Grounded Alsi is a great addition to bread, cereals, and smoothies. It can also be taken for respiratory ailments, wounds, and ulcers. It can be added to juices, smoothies, and even buttermilk for a nutty flavor. As a weight loss herb, Alsi is useful for both men and women.