Healthy Foods: The Many Uses of Linseed & Flaxseed
Flaxseed oil is raw, cold-pressed linseed, As a food supplement we use Flaxseed oil.
For other uses its heated up and treated to be made into Linseed oil
- You dont just eat it
- Many uses
- full of goodness
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You dont just eat it
Linseed and flaxseed oil has been use for many years in various guises, it has a unique drying property, as it gets older it becomes harder but not brittle, this makes it very good as a carrier for oil paint, when its first added it help the paint to flow better and gives the paint a nice glossy look about it, perfect for the budding oil painting artist.
It’s also good on wood as it dries very slowly and soaks into the wood almost giving the wood an extra coat when I was a kid we also used it on our cricket bats and is still used that way today, if you open a tin of putty there is always a layer of oil on the top, that’s linseed oil, think about it, you want something that pliable to use when you put in a new window and then you want it to go nice and hard to keep them in, linseed oil is perfect for the job, by the way it’s also hydrophobic (water-repellent)
So how come something we use on cricket bats and put in paint is on a list of healthy foods?
The ancient Egyptians knew all about it they used it to treat constipation, as well as other medicinal uses, It can also help….lower blood pressure, help reduce the risk of heart disease, help to lower cholesterol, It can help menopausal symptoms and help to lower blood-sugar levels so it’s good for diabetics, many claim it also helps osteoporosis
Based on a 200 calorie serving, Flaxseed oil has the highest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in any foodstuff and we all know how good that is for us.
full of goodness
Flaxseed oil contains 12059mg of Omega 3 fatty acid, and just the seeds alone contain 8543mg whereas the highest fish oil which is salmon is 7828mg sardines are 5341mg and cod liver oil is just 4375mg
So apart from Omega 3 what else does Flaxseed oil have? each little seed contains high levels of fibre, masses of manganese and magnesium, and that’s apart from copper, phosphorous, iron, zinc, selenium and calcium so you can see why I get so excited about the little seed
Before we end here's a recipe for ROSEMARY and LINSEED BAGUETTE
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So there you have it Linseed has more Omega 3 than any fish oil, it can help improve you hair, nails and skin, it helps to regulate your body weight, its proven to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can help prevent arthritis and some cancers.
Just remember don’t get the two mixed up, Flaxseed you eat, Linseed you treat your cricket bat with.
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