Was the question I asked myself as I began formulating a topic for today's Truth Tuesday. Flax has shown up in various interviews I've collected, most notably from Lindsay of a Saturday Success Story. Additionally, Flax is popping up in all kinds of health articles. So, of course, I bought a portion of Flax Seeds from my local Bigg's, and have been tossing some into my blended fruit drinks (blip, maybe more quip--I've been blending up fruit lately because my mouth is sore from constant dental work this summer. I'm tired of chewing.) Anyway, I've been throwing Flax in for three days now, and I had yet to research what it going on when I add it to my diet. So, here we go.
Flax is grown both for its seeds and for its fibers. Various parts of the plant have been used to make fabric, dye, paper, medicines, fishing nets, hair gels and soap. It is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.
Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. This is called as Jawas/Javas or Alashi in Marathi. Flax was extensively cultivated in ancient Egypt. New Zealand flax is not related to flax, but was named after it as both plants are used to produce fibers.
Flax was one of the original "medicines" used by Hippocrates. Flax could be dubbed the "forgotten oil." It has fallen out of favor because oil manufacturers have found nutritious oils to be less profitable.
The very nutrients that give flax its nutritional benefits - essential fatty acids - also give it a short shelf life, making it more expensive to produce, transport, and store.
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