Friday, December 27, 2013

Why Eat Flax Seed Oil

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 oil that is known as linseed / flax seed 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 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. Ground flax is only good for a short amoutn of time, because the oil can go rancid quickly. For making your own flour the best option is to have a grain mill.

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. You can learn more about the health benefits of flax by reading The Healing Power Of Flax. This book makes some strong cases for the flax seed health benefits.

You can look into flax seed supplements if you don't want to get a grain mill to make your own flax seed oils.

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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