Linseed health food for animals too

Front pf a Victorian postcard promoting the health benefits of feeding linseed cake to beef, horses and other animals.

Linseed: food for health and beauty

Linseed in recent times is beginning to be understood as an amazing health food for people. Doctors and researchers are constantly making new discoveries about how it helps people with health and beauty.  From healthier immune system, to combating dry eyes, better cardio health, fertility, supple joints to strong nails and shining hair scientists are beginning to understand the extent of linseed’s health benefits.

Farmers knew the benefits of linseed before doctors

150 years ago farmers were in no doubt about the benefits if linseed. They were responsible for the livestock which would often number in the hundreds so it didn’t take them long to notice the health benefits of feeding linseed Continue reading

Gold or bronze, yellow or brown?

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Q: What is the difference between gold and bronze linseed (flax)?

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Bronze and gold linseed are both better for you finely ground

A:The original  variety of linseed (and it was called linseed before it was called flax)  was a brown-bronze coloured seed. Since then many other varies have been developed including gold and most shades in between. There is a lot of mythology surrounding the colour of linseed brought about by misinformation we are going to clear up the myths surrounding linseed (flax). The colour of linseed is nothing to do with them being de-hulled or toasted as some people think; it’s just the way they grow.   Just like you can get green apples and  red apples they are good for you.

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Harvesting Linseed and Flax

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Linseed and flax are grown differently

Both linseed and flax, which are simply different varieties of the same plant, Linum usitatissimum, are traditional crops in the UK but grown for different purposes and the production methods are significantly different Continue reading

Linseed stops cows belching methane

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Daily Telegraph story: Linseed stops cows belching methane

Essential fatty acid for health and prevents greenhouse gasses

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Linseed reduces greenhouse gasses; stops methane production in cows and cattle

The Daily Telegraph printed the story this Tuesday 29th March 2011: (Here’s a link) I don’t think this is an early April Fool as it is such a good article on linseed’s health benefits for people, including improving the human digestion and that “it also contains Omega 3, a fatty acid that is essential to normal growth and health.” Continue reading

Omega-3: why flax oil is better than krill oil

The oceans' wildlife is conserved by use of sustainable linseed omega-3

Linseed omega-3 can be healthier than EPA & DHA fish oils and helps conserve the oceans

Puffins and conserved by use of sustainable product such as linseed oil over krill oil
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ALA works perfectly well for people as a source of omega-3 for people. Cats and a few isolated fish-eating communities have lost the gene to process omega-3 into longer chain omega-3’s.  The rest of us do very well on omega-3 from linseed (flaxseed) oil. It is ALA which is so essential for health we are equipped with enzymes to turn EPA into ALA.  It has been shown linseed (flaxseed) oil, a sustainable source of omega-3 can work better than fish oil.  Linseed oil can have more benefit than fish was proved in a recent study the Holism Study, abstract, website. Continue reading

Flax Farm is 100% GM-free

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UK-grown GM-free linseed (flax)

At Flax Farm we have always been passionately anti GM.  All our linseed (flax) is always 100% GM free and always will be.   There are so many ways GMO’s are wrong. We believe GM foods are bad for your health, your Continue reading

How a shirt grew in the field

Book how a shirt of linen grew in the field

Children’s book

by K. D Ushinskiai, adapted by Marguerita Rudolph and illustrated by Yaroslavava

I was introduced to this lovely book by a fellow stall holder at Borough Market; it was his favourite book as a child and he brought it in to show me. I loved it too and recommend it to anyone who reads to their children.

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Growmore leaflet, Ministry Fish & Ag, 1945: “Linseed as a Home-Grown Crop”

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Growmore Linseed. WW2 Leaflet from Ministry Fisheries and Agriculture
Growmore Linseed. WW2 Leaflet Ministry Fisheries and Agriculture

‘Growmore’ Leaflet No.13

Published by The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hotel Lindum, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire, 1945

This leaflet was published during World War 2 when growing linseed became important again as a food for cattle that were to produce the meat to feed the nation during wartime shortages. Continue reading