Flax seed is great for your heart, joints and mind, plus it’s an anti-inflammatory. Golden flax seed carries a light nutty flavor, making it a delicious topping for salads. The seed also carries a high amount of fiber, making it an excellent addition to your weight loss diet.
Flax seed was used as far back as 650 BC by Hippocrates to relieve intestinal discomfort in patients. King Charlemange encouraged his subjects to consume flax during the 8th century. Today flax seed is used in dye, soap and animal feed. In 1989, North Dakota State University, developed golden flax seed specifically for human consumption.
Flax seed is high in Omega-3, fiber, magnesium and thiamin. It also contains copper, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, calcium, niacin, riboflavin and vitamins B6, K, C and E. Only trace amounts of sodium are contained in flax seeds.
With the high amount of Omega-3 found in flax seed, improved functionality is noticed. Omega-3 keeps you thinking clearer and lasting longer with mental challenges. It also reduces inflammation for blood vessels and joints. Omega-3 is great for your heart health, reducing the risk of heart attack by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.
When choosing the flax seed to use there are things you want to look for. The seed should appear oily and shiny. Higher quality seeds look more plump having the nutrients you are looking for. Give it a taste, it should crunch and then become gummy with a light nutty flavor (with golden flax seed). Remember, golden flax seed was designed as one of the higher quality seed with improved taste for human consumption.
Flax seeds designed for human consumption is grown in North and South Dakota. Omega-3 grows more abundantly in colder climates even in flax seed. The other main source of Omega-3 is in cold water fish, being more abundant in the coldest waters in the Arctic.
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