Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Health Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

There has been a health 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 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. It can be ground into flour or left whole to create a whole grain bread. The great thing about flax seeds is they can be kept for months and keep their nutritional integrity. Ground flax is only good for a short amoutn of time, because the oil 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. Omega fatty acids are very important for our bodies. It is believe that omega 3 helps to fight against cancer, help to protect our hearts, and overall aiding of our health. The Healing Power Of Flax is a great read for learning more about the health benefits 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. 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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