Linseed or Flaxseed is a crop grown for food and fibre. The material linen derives its name from the same root as linseed. Linseed provides short-chain omega 3 fatty acids including linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid, both of which the body needs and must be obtained through diet. Linseeds contain high levels of dietary fibre as well as lignans and an abundance of micronutrients. Plant based and containing over 50% omega 3 linseed is a great addition to vegetarian and vegan diets. Omega 3 benefits the nervous and cardiovascular system as well as supporting healthy joints, skin, hair and nails.
Flaxseeds have a nutty flavour and are excellent sprinkled on salads, cereals, and yoghurt.
Try stirring 1 tablespoon of ground linseed into your favourite fruit juice, vegetable juice or milk.