3TC – Flax

Only a trifle irritation as I boarded the train to see where flax and its byproduct bysuss was harvested. My intended destination was across the sea to a Mediterranean area named “the Fertile Crescent”, but the head of the household said our budget was not that big. The intrinsic value of a flax crop is amazing. It is a lifesaving source of food and the waving fronds suggest an almost biblical image. This fiber has many uses as a good source, such as food, clothing, twine, rope and oil from seeds. Canada, here. Come!

“Flaxseed is one of the oldest crops, having been cultivated since the beginning of civilization.”

“Flax is produced on about 12 million acres globally with the largest areas of production in Kazakhstan, Russia, Canada and China.”

“Flaxseed is emerging as an important functional food ingredient because of its rich contents of α-linolenic acid (ALA, omega-3 fatty acid), lignans, and fiber. Flaxseed oil, fibers and flax lignans have potential health benefits such as in reduction of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and neurological disorders.”

Sources: National Library of Medicine, sciencedirect.com, Wikipedia, adaptive seeds, National Geographic, Encyclopedia Britannica.


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