Flaxseed oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the flax plant, often by cold-pressing when they are ripe. Virgin flax seed oil is extracted by mechanical means only, without the use of any chemical solvents.
Just one tablespoon of flaxseed oil can meet and exceed your daily Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) needs. ALA is a form of omega-3 fat.
The typical North American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and excessive in omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 is important for brain functioning, and is hard to come by from plant sources. Too much omega-6 can raise your blood pressure, lead to blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Flaxseed oil’s omega-6:omega-3 ratio is 1:3, which is exactly in line with how much of each type of fat we should be consuming.
It has a lightly nutty, slightly earthier flavor.
It can be used for salad dressings, dips, sauces and add-in for smoothies. It does not have a high smoke point and should not be used for cooking.