The flax leaves are bluish-green in color, whereas the flax flowers are for the most part clean pale blue, but can also be bright red. It's a beauty with its five petals surrounded by the strong color. Furthermore, the flax fruit are small, round, dry, encapsulated, and looks like an apple with plenty shiny brown seeds inside.

The flaxseed should have a mild, nutty smell, therefore, if it smells like fish or sour in any way, it has gone rotten and is no good to be consumed anymore. Flaxseed hasn't got much taste. For instance, compare it to the sunflower seeds, you will find they taste much less nuttier. It's advisable that you use a flax seed grinder before you consume them, because they are not easily digested by our stomach in their natural form. Either grind them, buy finished flaxseed ground, or take linseed oil.

What Is Linseed Oil Good For?

Flaxseed is known to reduce risks for cardiovascular diseases, the #1 killer among Americans. Yup, based on the nutritional components of the seeds, it is also found to reduce the risks for:

  1. stroke.
  2. diabetes.
  3. cancer.
  4. and as said, cardiovascular diseases.

The Nutritional Content Of Flaxseed/Linseed?

Flaxseed or linseed oil contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the omega-3 fatty acid of the plant kingdom. This means that having linseed oil in your diet can be a substitute for if you don't eat oily fish. Although, it may not be as healthy as of those from the oily fish, it's still found to beneficial. Flax is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Where To Buy Linseed Oil

If you look around, you can find some nice selections of flaxseed or linseed oil, Walmart being one of the stores who has them in stock. Also, take a look at Amazon's selection if you are going to buy flaxseed oil (or a grinder):

  • Nopalina- Flax Seed Plus Formula
  • EFA’s Organic Flaxseed Oil

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