Featured: Organic flaxseed

26. February 2019
26. February 2019 Christel Badtke

Featured: Organic flaxseed

Fabulous flowers and nondescript seeds that pack a punch: Flaxseeds are the food of choice when it comes to unsaturated fatty acids or vitamins. Its little seeds come from the beautiful blue flowers of the flax plant, which is native to Europe and has more to offer than many other plants. To be precise, flaxseeds have the highest content of the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid. The harvested seeds are sold in three variants: whole, broken, and milled.

 

Flaxseeds have a slightly nutty flavor and contain about 40% fat (flaxseed oil). Whole seeds are less beneficial to the body than broken flaxseeds because they usually pass through your gastrointestinal tract unchanged. They need to be broken in order to unlock their full potential in terms of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins (vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E). The seed coat of flaxseeds contains mucilage, which swell up when combined with enough water and do a good job of regulating the gastrointestinal tract. Flaxseed oil also contributes to a healthy heart and actively protects your cells. This is due to the lignans, which are secondary plant compounds rich in antioxidants. In addition, flaxseeds are said to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Why organic:
The selenium contained in flaxseeds already exhibits its property of binding heavy metals within the plant. That’s why it’s important to eat flaxseed products from certified organic cultivation and less from conventional cultivation in order to avoid plants that absorb potentially harmful substances from the soil along with the selenium contained in it.

How do they end up in the product?
We import our flaxseeds from Kazakhstan, where they are cultivated in certified organic conditions. Usually, manufacturing companies use so-called cold-pressed flaxseed oil cakes, which are a by-product of flaxseed oil production. Our flaxseeds, however, come to us as whole seeds and are broken just before we mix and fill our product. In this way, we protect the valuable fatty acids from oxidation, thus preventing the little seeds from becoming rancid quickly. By grinding the little flaxseeds in BERTRAND, we ensure that its valuable nutrients can then be absorbed optimally by the body.

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