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What is Flax?

Flax seed (also known as linseed) is an ancient crop that traces back to 3,000 B.C. and the Babylonians. Around 650 B.C. Hippocrates wrote about the soothing nature of eating flax to relieve abdominal pains, inspiring civic and religious leaders to relay messages about the qualities of flax and promote the addition of the harvested seed to their diets. Even though flax seed has been around sinc…

The Alpha and the Omega

Omega-6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils with high proportions of linolenic acid) are best used by the body in a range of anywhere from a 4:1 to a 1:1 proportion with the omega-3 fatty acids. We need both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Yet, an excess of omega-6 fatty acids can have dire consequences. Many scientists believe that a major reason for the high incidence of heart disease, hyperte…