Monday, December 16, 2013
Health Benefits of Flax Seed Oil
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 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 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 has a high protein compared to wheat and is higher in omega 3 fatty acid. Omega fatty acids are incredibly important for our body. 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 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.