By Valerie Lull, MH
There are a number of herbs that have seeds that are used for minor digestive problems. The most popular seeds for digestive problems are fenugreek, hemp and flaxseed. These tiny little nuggets are bursting with nutrition and help regulate the various stages of digestion. They are especially good for their fiber content and can cleanse the body from toxins.
Flaxseed is good for so many things. They are known for their fiber content. In fact, they are one of the best sources of soluble and insoluble fiber around. They are great for constipation and frequent use can keep you regular. Flaxseed contains mucilage that keeps the stomach from emptying too fast and helps to absorb nutrients. When you take flaxseed be sure it is ground. The whole seeds pass through your system undigested and you get very little benefit. Flaxseeds can be ground in a coffee grinder. They are great added to a smoothie.
Fenugreek seeds have a long history. They were used in ancient India, Greece and Egypt. The seeds have a soothing effect that is useful for gastritis and gastric ulcers. Fenugreek seeds also have mucilage which provides a laxative effect for constipation. For halitosis boil 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a pint of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and consume as a tea.
Hemp seeds and hemp oil contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They stimulate digestion. Hemp seeds also contain soluble and insoluble fiber which helps with the function of the colon and digestive tract. Do be careful if you try hemp seed. Some people get diarrhea and bloating when using them. Hemp seeds can be found in natural food stores and nutrition centers. It is best to keep the seeds cool or they will get rancid.
If you are thinking of adding any of these seeds to your diet be sure to discuss it with your health care provider.