Flaxseed often referred to as linseed is documented back to ancient history from Stone Age dwellings and known to be cultivated in Egypt. Today in the U.S. 90% of the flaxseed is grown in North Dakota. There is two types of flax, one is for the oil in the seed and flax fiber for the fiber in the stem. Flaxseed is crushed to produce linseed oil and linseed meal. Whole ground flaxseed is consumed mostly in baked products and flaxseed meal is often fed to pets and other animals. The fiber flax is used to make fine linen cloth and fine paper.
Flaxseed is known for its nutritional value and rich source of micronutrient, dietary fiber manganese, vitamin B1, and essential fatty acid-linoleic or Omega 3. Flaxseed is considered to be one of the best sources of lignans, which has antibacterial properties and able to scavenger free radicals in the body. Due to high fiber content flaxseed is often incorporated into weight loss programs.
Health Benefits Associated with Flaxseed
• Prevents heart disease
• Reduces risk of prostate, colon, and breast cancer
• Lowers cholesterol
• Prevent hot flashes
• Stabilize blood sugar levels
• Helps to decrease inflammation
• Boost immune system
Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetable source of Omega -3. It’s not recommended for cooking as it is sensitive and breaks down easily. It needs to be kept in the dark and best refrigerated. Flaxseeds can be added to recipes prior to serving such as a smoothie or sprinkle on vegetables. I add them to my favorite gluten free banana muffins.
In skin care the oil can be used to promote a healthier skin tone, hydrate and prevent skin irritation. Crushed flaxseeds can make a great exfoliant for the skin to slough dead skin cell.
Health Benefits for the Skin
• Protects against skin cancer
• Anti-inflammatory and calming properties
• Prevents dry skin
• Good for psoriasis, eczema, and signs of aging
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