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 since the dawn of civilization, it hasn't been until recently that mainstream society began to understand its relevance to a healthy life. Nutritionists, physicians, and health conscious individuals are quickly becoming passionate about this miracle crop and its abundant health benefits.

There are two types of flax seed, one is grown for seed use and considered to be of the oil seed variety. The other is grown specifically for fiber production to be utilized in the texture industry. In North America, it is primarily the oil seed varieties which are produced commercially. Flax content distributed by North American Nutrition is comprised of 40% oil (containing omega-3 fatty acids), 22% protein, 26% total dietary fiber (lignans and flax seed gum), and 4% minerals. We insure that only the highest quality seeds come out our doors, guaranteed. The health benefits of adding these nutrients from flax seed into your diet are reviewed in the link titled Health Benefits of Flax.

The harvested seed is small and similar to the size of a sesame seed, with varying golden tones. High quality flax seed should be consistent in color with seeds fully intact. After premium Flaxseed has been selected, state of the art processing methods are utilized to clean, sort and size the seed. At North American Nutrition, this selection process results in a product that is 99.9% pure premium, mature, plump and uniform food grade product. It is also important to know that Flaxseed chosen by North American Nutrition is not genetically engineered. This selection process ensures a product with superior stability and a high nutrient analysis.