Flaxseed Oil is a great source of plant based omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and a host of other great nutrients. The nutrient composition is different to other oil seeds such as canola and sunflower, so it's important to understand just what Flaxseed Oil can do for you that the other oils cannot.
What Is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed Oil is derived from the seeds of flax plants. The seed is approx. 40% oil by weight and 55% of this oil is made up of omega-3 fatty acid.
Traditionally the flaxseed is used whole, cracked or ground in to flour to used in baking products. The oil itself is relatively untapped resource when it comes to nutrition, although it is now attracting the attention of nutritionists and health professional who seek a healthy, high fiber diet that is rich in potassium. You can even sprinkle flax on breakfast cereals and salads!
What Is Linseed Oil?
Confused? You're not the only one. Believe it or not, Flax oil is also known as linseed oil, the type that is sold in DIY stores as a natural varnish. However, flax seed is processed for human consumption and linseed oil is processed separately for commercial and industrial use. They are both derived from the same thing but they are processed differently, in separate locations.
There are some great nutrients and ingredients contained within Flaxseed. Omega 3, Alpha Linolenic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmittic Acid and polyunsaturated fatty acid.
Flax seed has been known to benefit people who suffer from Crohns Disease and Colitis, with several studies pointing to evidence that Flax Seed Oil seem to be able to calm the inner lining of inflamed intestines.
Flaxseed oil is also beneficial in helping to reduce high cholesterol levels. Although, please keep in mind, that the oil itself is only an aid to that end and you MUST change your diet and focus on eating healthy, nutritious food that your body can digest properly.
In some Canadian research, the risk of heart disease has been found to be lower in those who use flaxseed oil in their diet. This is possibly due to the content of ALA, which is known to reduce high blood pressure over time.
Flaxseed Oil Forms
You can purchase Flaxseed oil in both gel capsule and liquid form. Remember that the oil is quite delicate and is easily destroyed by heat, too much light and too much oxygen. Some flaxseed oil liquids require refrigeration, so check the back of the package for storage instructions.
NOTE: It is always important to seek independent advice from a trained natural health practitioner before ingesting any liquids or capsules.