Flaxseed oil or linseed oil is a nearly colourless drying oil that is being extracted from flaxseed which is popularly used to make medicine but was once used as a cooking oil too and is an ingredient in linoleum, soap, vanishes and paints.
Touted as one of the oldest fibre crop in the world flax was cultivated in Europe and is grown for the main purpose for its oil and nutritional supplements. Flaxseed oil is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and dietary fibre.
Some of these vitamins and minerals include calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium and B-complex vitamins like niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
Flaxseed oil is found in all kinds of foods on the market today like oatmeal and crackers and is used to treat health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, vaginal infections and acts as a laxative for constipation, prevents cancers like breast and prostate cancer and is even beneficial for weight loss.
The oil can also be used to maintain a healthy skin and treats irritations, it is an extremely healthy oil, it is also known to strengthen the immune system, improve memory, treats skin problems like eczema, acne and rosacea.
Studies have shown that it can fight against a host of diseases, overall, flaxseed oil has gained its popularity for treating a wide range of illnesses from heart disease to lupus.
Flaxseed oil can be found as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules, an oil that was once used for cooking is slowing falling out of that category but can be added to food after cooking, it can be mixed in with rice, drizzled over steamed vegetable, added to oatmeal and eggs even potatoes or pasta.
Flaxseed oil has a delicious peanut like taste and is a good source for a healthier you.