Fantastic Facts About Flax

Flax, also known as linseed, is a small shiny flat brown seed with a tough outer shell. It grows well only in rich northern climates on a tough stalk used to make linen. The flower is a bright blue, and the seeds are produced in small round pods.

Flax Contains:

Oil Two of the major components of flax are linolenic acid (LNA) 50 – 60% and linoleic acid (LA) 15–25%.These are essential for the health of the heart, skin and for immune function. Modern processing methods have almost eliminated LNA and LA from generally consumed foods.

Protein All the essential amino acids of protein are found in flax, in an easily digestible form.

Fibre Flax seed contains an excellent supply of dietary fibre so essential for intestinal cleansing and general regularity.

Mucilage This is a gum-like substance found directly below the seeds outer protection layer. It has the ability to buffer excess acid, a big help for individuals with sensitive stomachs and ulcers. It also serves as a natural laxative while it soothes and protects the sensitive intestinal lining.

Minerals The seed contains most known major minerals and trace minerals.
Vitamins Flax seed contains the fat soluble vitamins E, A, (as beta-carotene), D and water soluble vitamins B-1, B-2, and C.

Flax Maintains

- The body's fatty acids resulting in smoother skin, shinny hair, soft hands, increased stamina and vitality

- Prostalglandins are normalized and balance giving smoother muscle action

- Insulin and blood sugar levels stabilized for long-term stamina

- Fibre levels which promote proper function of the digestive tract to avoid gas and constipation

- Blood fat levels and cholesterol levels

- The body's thermogenic system (ability to burn off calories), enabling the body to burn fat, and increase cold-weather resistance.

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