Linseed oil has been known as “liquid gold” for millennia. It is said to protect the heart, lower cholesterol and even prevent depression. This miracle herb was even voted “medicinal plant of the year” in 2005.
It’s a question of balance
Integrating a large proportion of polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet can lower your risk of heart disease. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are the most important “healthy fats”. Not only is linseed oil extremely tasty when drizzled on your food, it also provides you with valuable, essential omega-3 fatty acids that your body cannot produce by itself. Linseed oil boasts a particularly good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Normal diets tend to be low on the former, and linseed oil is a great vehicle for fixing this deficit. Contrary to popular belief, 100 g of fish only provide 5 g of omega-3 fatty acids. Linseed oil delivers a whopping 55 g per 100 g – more than ten times as much! The cold-pressed variety of the oil is particularly precious. Thanks to the low pressure and temperatures used during the pressing process, the valuable substances are extracted gently and the beneficial properties of the “liquid gold” are preserved.