The seeds from flax create vegetable oil called flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil). Flaxseed oil is one of the oldest oils and has been used for centuries. The flax seeds are edible, and is one of the most concentrated plant sources for omega 3 fats, and the use as a healthy nutritional supplement is rising.
Eating 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds daily is an alternative to fish oil supplements for vegetarians and vegans, and for those concerned about high levels of heavy metals in fish. One tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water can serve as a replacement for one egg by binding the other ingredients together. Ground flax seeds can be mixed with yogurt, oatmeal, or other foods where a nutty flavour is appropriate. Flaxseed oil is usually taken in capsules. Flax seeds main nutritional benefits are the lignans and omega 3 fatty acids. The lignans benefit the heart and have anticancer properties. Omega 3s, often in short supply in populations with low fish diets, promote heart health by reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and plaque formation.
You can mix crushed flaxseed into juice or water and drink it. You can buy flax seed oil as a liquid or in gel/capsules. However to get the maximum health benefits of the omega-3 and dietary fiber you should use ground flaxseed. Ground flaxseed can be stored for months at 0-80 degrees F, in a refrigerator or freezer. Ground flaxseed can also be mixed into baked foods for consumption as well. Flaxseed is a great source of nutrition and contains considerable amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid, dietary fiber (soluble & insoluble), lignans, protein and potassium.
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