Monday, September 22, 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. You can eat fish and take fish oil pills, but another option is looking at flax seed. Flax seeds create an oil known as flax seed / linseed oil. Linseed has been used for paints, furniture polish, and even linoleum flooring, but we are starting to notice the health benefits.

Though flax can be used in similar fashion as grains, but flax is technically not a grain. It can be left whole to make a whole grain bread, or it can be ground up into a flour. Whole flax seed can be kept for months and its nutritional integrity remains intact. Flax seed oil can go rancid quickly, so it is only good in a ground state for a short amount of time. 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. Omega fatty acids are incredibly important for our body. 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 some very compelling arguments for 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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