Monday, June 16, 2014

Health Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

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There is a lot of push for people to eat more omega fatty acids. Flax seed can be an alternative to eatting fish or taking fish oil pills. Flax seeds produce oil that is known as flax seed oil or linseed oil. Linseed has been used for paints, furniture polish, and even linoleum flooring, but we are starting to notice the health benefits.

Though it technically isn't a grain it can be used similar to one. Flax can be ground into flour or left whole for use in whole grain bread. Whole flax seed can be kept for months and its nutritional integrity remains intact. Ground flax is really only good for a short amount of time because the oils in the seed can go rancid quickly. So having a grain mill and making your own flour may be the best option for optimal nutrition.

Flax contains a high amount of protein and omega 3 fatty acids than wheat. The omega fatty acids are incredibly important for our bodies. It is believed that omega 3 fatty acids may help protect our hearts, fight against cancer, and basically aid our over all health. If you want to learn more about the health benefits a good read is The Healing Power Of Flax.

This book makes very a very compelling argument about flax’s health benefits.

If you don’t relish the idea of having to keep a grain mill and flax seed around your house there are plenty of flax seed supplements that you can purchase. Or you can easily find pre ground flax seed also but this should be stored in the refrigerator to keep the oils from going rancid as quickly as they will if they are stored in the cupboard.

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