Monday, 15 November 2010
Flax Seed or Linseed?
Linseed is high in fibre and contains high levels of Alpha-Linolenic Acid more commonly known as Omega 3 essential fatty acid. It contains lower levels of both Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids.
In its whole form Linseed is a small brown seed. It is also commonly hulled and the hulled version is a golden colour. As with most seeds and grains the greatest nutritional content is contained in the hull. The difficulty with this is that the hull is very dense and doesn't breakdown during digestion. This means that the Linseed can pass straight through without releasing its nutritional content. This means that if you are unable to grind the Whole Linseed up its better to use the Golden (hulled) Linseed.
For convenience I stock a ground version and two combinations of ground linseed. One combination also contains ground almonds, brazil nuts, walnut and Co-enzyme Q10. The other contains ground sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and goji berries as well as ground Linseed. Both combinations are highly nutritious and are excellent sprinkled on cereals or mixed into juices or smoothies.
In addition, Linseed can be bought as a nutritional supplement, as an oil and also in capsule form. Two Linseed oil capsules are an essential part of my daily supplement intake.