Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Health Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

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There is a lot of push for people to eat more omega fatty acids. One way to do this is eating fish and taking fish oils pills but another option is flax seed. Flax seeds create an oil known as flax seed / linseed oil. Linseed oil has been used for many years for linoleum flooring, paints, and furniture polish, and now more recently we are finding it's health benefits.

Though flax can be used in similar fashion as grains, but flax is technically not a grain. 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. 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 has a high protein compared to wheat and is higher in omega 3 fatty acid. The omega fatty acids are incredibly important for our bodies. It is believed that omega 3s help our overall health, fight against cancer, and protects our hearts. If you want to learn more about the health benefits a good read is The Healing Power Of Flax.

This book makes some strong cases for the flax seed health benefits.

If you don't wish to have your own grain mill but want to have flax seed in the house you can find plenty of flax seed supplements for purchase.

You can also find pre ground flax seed, but you will need to store this in a refrigerator to keep the oils from going rancid.

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