Flax is successfully used for any type of gastritis. Through the mucous membrane, flax seeds effectively combat the inflammatory process and protect affected areas of the mucosa from coarse food at gastritis with increased acidity. But it is important to understand that treatment with flaxseeds does not replace a visit to a to a gastroenterologist – any illness should be treated by a qualified specialist as it ensures the absence of unpleasant consequences

Flaxseeds are highly beneficial for health due to their composition, which contains numerous nutrients and organic compounds. It includes a variety of vitamins and other compounds:

  • proteins;
  • fatty acids;
  • polysaccharides;
  • vitamins;
  • lecithin;
  • selenium;
  • fiber;

Flaxseeds for Gastritis

Flaxseeds are beneficial for atrophic gastritis as they aid in the absorption and digestion of food, promote the elimination of waste products, and accelerate intestinal motility. 

Thanks to the polysaccharides contained in flax, it has a soothing property and easily removes harmful substances and toxins from the body. Lignans are powerful natural antioxidants, preventing the development of cancer. Consuming flax for gastritis with low acidity helps normalize the stomach and intestinal function, quickly digest and absorb food, accelerating the healing process of the mucous membrane.

Additionally, lecithin in flax seeds positively influences brain function and rapidly restores damaged cells in the body. A significant amount of proteins accelerates the process of mucous membrane cell renewal. Selenium helps eliminate salts from the body, cleanses the vessels, and restores metabolic processes. Flax contains fatty polyunsaturated acids that strengthen the body's immune system and contribute to rapid recovery after illness.

Treating Gastritis with Flaxseeds

For gastritis, flax seeds can be consumed in both fresh and decocted forms. To prepare a decoction from flax seeds for gastritis, take 3 tablespoons of seeds and infuse them with a cup of boiling water. Cover with a lid, wrap well, and leave to infuse overnight. Take the decoction on an empty stomach 20 minutes before meals. Start by drinking half a cup of the decoction, and consume the remaining portion throughout the day. The course of treatment with the decoction is one month, even if you do not feel stomach pain. It is necessary to prepare a fresh decoction every day. The flaxseed decoction consists of a viscous mucilage that coats the stomach walls and alleviates the inflammatory process. 

A effective remedy in the fight against gastritis is flaxseed porridge. To prepare it, cook flaxseed porridge, simmer it well to produce more mucilage. Eat porridge every morning for a month. You can sprinkle seeds on other dishes or grind them in a blender and add to yogurts, cottage cheese, and beverages.

Flaxseed is effective in relieving heartburn and the bitter taste in the mouth that often accompany gastritis. Crush the seeds to obtain one tablespoon. Infuse them with boiling water and consume before meals twice a day.

During the treatment of gastritis, flax seeds can be combined with other medicinal plants. In equal parts, take flax seeds, chamomile flowers, plantain, tansy flowers, coltsfoot leaves, yarrow herb, and coriander. Grind and mix them. Take two tablespoons of the resulting mixture and pour two cups of boiling water, infuse overnight. Consume the infusion in one-third cup portions daily before meals for 2 months. For the stomach, flaxseed jelly is beneficial and can be consumed before meals or independently between meals. It forms a thin film in the stomach cavity, protecting it from mechanical damage and contains a large amount of mucopolysaccharides.

Flax seeds have several contraindications for intake: 

  • Flax seeds should not be consumed by individuals with increased gallbladder activity or gallstone disease, as they have a strong cholagogic effect and may contribute to the blockage of the bile duct.
  • In cases of abdominal bloating, flatulence, and gas production, flax seeds should not be used as they contain a high amount of fiber. When consuming them, it is advisable to drink a large amount of water.
  • It is not recommended for pregnant women to consume flax seeds as it can cause significant abdominal bloating.
  • During the treatment of gastritis in adults, it is recommended to consume up to 50 grams of flax seeds per day.
  • Flax seeds can be introduced into a child's diet only from the age of 3, as they contain coarse fibers and fiber. Consumption should only be started after consulting with a doctor.


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