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Description of the Flax plant Certificate of Analysis of Flax seed oil Nutritional benefits of Flax Seed oil
Medicinal benefits of Flax Seed oil Dosage, Side effects & Precautions

Flax Seed OilDescription of the Flax plant
Flaxseed oil, also known as natural linseed oil is derived from the seeds of the Flax plant. It is extracted by the cold pressed method, and is clear to yellowish in colour. Flax is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is native to India. Flax is an erect annual plant growing to 1.2 m tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 20–40 mm long and 3 mm broad. The flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 5–9 mm in diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds shaped like an apple pip, 4–7 mm long.




Certificate of Analysis of Flax seed oil
Flax Seed Oil
S.No Test Parameters Result Test-Method
I. Calorific value, Kcal/100g 899.73 By Calculation
2. Calories from Fat, Kcal/100g 899.73 By Calculation
3. Total Fat, g/100gm 99.97 AOAC 922.06
4. Carbohydrates, g/ I 00g N.D. AOAC 986.25
5. Protein, g/100gm N.D. AOAC 920.87
6. Specific Gravity, 0.927 AOCS Cc 10b.-25
7. Refractive Index, at 40 °C 1.473 AOCS Cc 7-25
8. Saponification value 188.11 AOCS Cd 3-25
9. Iodine value 175.36 AOCS Cd 1-25
10. Unsaponifiable Matter 0.73 AOCS Ca 69-40
11. Acid value 0.51 AOCS Cd 3d-63
12. Free Fatty acid (as oleic acid), g/100g 0.26 AOCS Ca 5a-40
13. Peroxide value, (meq/kg) ND (D.L-0.2) AOCS Cd 8b-90


Fatty Acid Profile (By G.C.)
S.No Test Parameters Result Test-Method
1 Palmitic acid . 0.067 AOCS Ce 2_66
2 Stearic acid 0.061 AOCS Ce 2 66
3. Oleic acid 0.203 AOCS Ce 2_66
4. Linoleic acid 0.138 AOCS Ce 2_66
5 Y-Linoleic acid 0.531 AOCS Ce 2_66

Microbiological Examination
S.No Test Parameters Result Test-Method
6. Total Plate Count 609 cfu/ml IS: 5402-2012
7. Total Yeast & Mould Count 86 cfu/ml IS: 5403-2005
8. Coliform Count <10 cfu/ml IS: 5401-(P-1) 2002
9. E.Coli Absent/25 ml IS: 5887-(P-1) 2005
10. Salmonella Absent/25 ml IS: 5887-(P-3) 2005


S.No Test Parameters Result Test-Method
1. Lead (as Pb), ppm BDL 2.5 AOAC 999.11
2. Cadmium (as Cd), ppm BDL 0.23 AOAC 999.11
3. Arsenic (as As), ppm BDL 2.7 AOAC 999.11
4. Mercury (as Hg), ppb BDL 27.3 AOAC 999.11


Note: BDL= Below Detection Limit, MDL= Method Detection Limit, N.D. = Not Detected
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Nutritional benefits of Flax Seed oil
Flax seed oil is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature's richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.

It is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid (EFA) that appears to be beneficial for a variety of health conditions. The body cannot manufacture it. EFAs are precursors to prostaglandins. Flax Seed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and also provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than what you could get from taking fish oil, minus that horrible "fishy" after taste. It has a pleasant nutty flavor and contains no cholesterol. It is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet as these two substances work together to promote health. These essential fats are both examples of polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. An inappropriate balance of these essential fatty acids contributes to the development of disease, while a proper balance helps maintain and even improve health. A healthy diet should consist of roughly two to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil also contains a group of chemicals called lignans that play a role in the prevention of cancer. Lignans are substances known to stimulate immune activity.

Some nutritionists, researchers, and scientists believe that it could be the most important health-promoting supplement next to a multi-vitamin. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from Flax seed oil's natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.

Unfortunately, our current diets do not come close to meeting our daily EFA (essential fatty acids) requirements. The richest source of EFAs such as Flax seed oil is rarely found in our regular meals. In addition, more typical foods like red meats and egg yolks can actually encourage the body's production of bad prostaglandins. Flax Seed oil can help restore the body's natural balance of good and bad prostaglandins. Flax seed oil takes a bit of time to be absorbed into the body before the full beneficial effects begin, ranging anywhere from a few days to as many as six weeks, depending on your overall well-being. Add Flax seed oil to your diet and watch what it will do for you! One of the latest buzzword in the health care industry today is Flax seed oil.

It's important to buy high-quality flax seed oil as it is prone to rancidity. Like any oil, Flaxseed oil may turn rancid if it is not stored in the right conditions. Flaxseed oil requires special packaging because it is easily destroyed by heat, light, and oxygen. Light and oxygen will slowly breakdown the essential fatty acids. The oil should be refrigerated to help extend its shelf life. The highest quality flaxseed products are manufactured using fresh pressed seeds, bottled in dark or opaque containers, and processed at low temperatures in the absence of light, extreme heat, or oxygen.

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Medicinal benefits of Flax Seed oil
Studies suggest that flaxseed oil and other omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions. The evidence is strongest for heart disease and problems that contribute to heart disease, but the range of possible uses for flaxseed oil include:
* It Controls high Cholesterol
* Lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension
* Prevents heart disease
* Prevents Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
* Prevents Arthritis, and treats Osteoporosis
* Prevents Breast Cancer
* Helps fight depression, and treats migraine headaches and panic attacks
* Helps heal wounds in burn victims
* Improves lung function in adults with Asthma
* Decreases inflammation
* Relieves cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females,
* Increases blood-thinning medications
* Allows Cholesterol-lowering medications
* Reduces toxic side effects during cyclosporine therapy
* Reduces the risk of ulcers from Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
* It protects the body against water retention, sticky blood platelets and lowered immune function
* Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion
* Increases the body's production of energy and also increases stamina,
* Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises,
* Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity,
* Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat
* Improves the absorption of Calcium,
* Strengthens finger and toenails,
* Improves eyesight and perception of colors
* Improves the function of the liver
* Relieves the side effects, and stops development of many forms of cancer
* Helps prevent Atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits inside the blood vessels, especially the large and medium-sized arteries, that many people experience during the aging process)
* Can improve the mental function of many old age pensioners
* Has been proven to improve the behavior of Schizophrenics
* Aids in the formation and maintenance of healthy cell membranes
* Supports the mobility of saturated fats in the bloodstream
* Plays a vital role in the production of beneficial prostaglandins
* Maintains nerve membrane integrity
* Helps maintain lipid levels already in the normal range
* It is most commonly used as a laxative
* It is also used for hot flashes and breast pain
* It serves as an auto - immune to disease
* It treats kidney problems
* It boosts the immune system, due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral Properties
* It treats psoriasis, lupus, Eczema, acne, Scars and allergies
* It treats ulcers, preterm labor, emphysema, glaucoma, Lyme disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes
* It treats dandruff

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Dosage, Side effects & Precautions
The dosage to prevent and treat disease will vary depending on the amount of fatty acids in the diet and the type of disorder being treated. Flaxseed oil may be added to a child's diet to help balance fatty acids. If an infant is breastfed, the mother may ingest oil to increase fat content in breast milk. For adults, one table spoon Flaxseed oil, twice daily is generally recommended as an appropriate initial dose.

Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, dietary supplements should be taken only under the supervision of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

Flaxseed oil supplements seem to be well tolerated. Few side effects have been reported.




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