Flax seeds have been used for years with many health benefits for the body, hair, skin and nails. Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt
Some people call flax one of the most important plant foods on the planet. Evidence shows it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Although flaxseed contains lots of healthy nutrients, it owes its great reputation to three things mainly. Omega 3 oils, lingnans, and fibre.
It is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. It is also a perfect vegan source of Omega 3 for anyone who does not eat or cannot tolerate fish.
Lignans, which have antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
Flax seed oil is also believed to thin the blood which is helpful in preventing blood clots and cardiovascular disease.
Flax oil has a nutty flavour, and can be added to smoothies, mixed into dips and made into a salad dressing. Unlike the seeds which must be broken down, ground or soaked for the body to be able to absorb their nutrients the oil is easy to absorb and good for anyone with poor digestion.
If you don’t like the flavour adding them to your smoothies is the best way to use it, and you will see and feel the benefits in your hair, skin, nails and joints very quickly!