Flax seed oil: what’s the buzz?

Lately at my community health food store, I’ve been noticing more and more customers with bottles of flax seed oil in their baskets. I am generally lazy with any kind of dietary supplementation (I had to post-it to remember to take my pregnancy multivitamins) but I took note of the trend and wondered what the allure was.

Yesterday my best friend mentioned that one of the moms at her daycare packs her two-year old daughter a smoothie everyday –with fruit, vegetables, whole milk yogourt and flax seed oil. As my son will be entering daycare next month, and I am looking for healthy snacks to pack for him, I decided to learn a little more about this buzz-worthy oil.

What I found was pretty convincing: Some researchers believe that flax seed could be the most important health-promoting supplement next to a multivitamin. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from the natural properties, apparently, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, and joints.
Those are some fairly lofty claims.

I searched the net looking for some negatives about flax seed and was unable to find any. There are several websites that indicate its flavour is mild and can be paired easily with many foods. I am going to give it a go on my next shopping trip. I’ll let you know what I think.

Author by Kristin Scott