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Flaxseed

Plant Seed

Flaxseed

Other Name(s):

Linseed; Linum usitatissimum

Flax is native to the so-called Fertile Crescent, spanning modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and parts of Egypt. It is one of the oldest known agricultural crops in the world, with flax being grown for linen as far back as 5000 years ago. The plant prefers cool, coastal climates and temperatures exceeding 32°C can have a negative impact on seed yield. Unfortunately, however flax is susceptible to quite a few pest plants and insects, and requires careful management.

Is Flaxseed Faithful to Nature?

Yes.

Flaxseed Oil is a natural ingredient with many benefits. It can be grown sustainably, using organic agricultural standards without harming the environment.

Benefits: Why is Flaxseed Used?

Rich in Fatty Acids

Flaxseed Oil supplements can be a source of omega-3 fatty acids.

For Healthy Hair

Flaxseed Oil may help to alleviate scalp inflammation and promote healthy hair growth.

Kind to the Planet

Flaxseed Oil is an extremely sustainable crop.

Aids Digestion

Flaxseed when mixed with water thicken their mucilage gums, in combination with insoluble fibre make them a gentle natural laxative.

Flaxseed, flaxseed oil and flax flour can all be found as single ingredient products on store shelves. Flaxseed oil is also occasionally used in natural and organic hair care products as well as moisturisers.

The first step in making Flaxseed Oil is to sort and select only the finest seeds because broken seeds will compromise on the quality of the oil. Then fine mud, sand and stones particles are removed. The seeds are then ground into smaller pieces to maximise oil yield and finally pressed in a screw-type press.

Flax, also known as “lin” is the plant from which linen fabric is made.

Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) is converted by the body into Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).

The ALA content of flaxseeds differ heavily depending on the cultivar being grown - from as little as 3% to as high as 70%. Health supplements are typically made using the high ALA varietals. The low ALA varietals are usually grown for use as wood treatments.

Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

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