Healthy Foods: The Many Uses of Linseed & Flaxseed

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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

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.

Many uses

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

To read more, on my series of healthys foods, click on the links.


Keep an eye out for for more on my healthy foods series.

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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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Linseed and Flaxseed are just two wondrous food items that we ignore.

Thank you for this article which is a reminder with great information.

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author avatar Greenfaol
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent article, wel worth the star. had no idea it was good on wood too :D
Great to see you writing on here again, hope you're feeling better xx

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Mar 2011 (#)

I have used linseed oils for years in my woodworking projects and for caring for my rifles and shotguns, but I never considered its value in food preparation. Thank you for bringing that aspect to my attention.

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author avatar Nan Joe
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Very useful information

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Linseed oil is also used a lot by artists who use oil paints!

Great guide for healthy eating too! My wife and I are eating more healthy now, I have even quit smoking and we are almost vegetarians.

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author avatar johnnydod
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Good for you Mark, I have been a vegetarian for around 10 years now and a 90% vegan.

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author avatar Carol
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Well done. I knew it was good for wood, but not in your diet. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Great and informative article as always, Johnny...Thank you for this, and congrats on Star Page too...well earned my friend!

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author avatar Dafeenah
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Very infomative. I had no idea about these oils. There are so many natual things that are good for us, but yet we have no idea. Instead of using those natural things we substitute chemicals and preservatives.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
12th Mar 2011 (#)

I live on this stuff. I don't know why everyone does use flaxseed oil.

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

Very interesting stuffs though some are not available in my local market. :-)

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