The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Flax Seed

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Add a Boost with Green Blend, featuring Flax Seed

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum) is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. It is known as Λινάρι (Linari) in Greek.[1] Flax was extensively cultivated in ancient Ethiopia and ancient Egypt.[2] In a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia, dyed flax fibers have been found that date to 30,000 BC,[3][4] implicating it as the first domesticated species in human history. New Zealand flax is not related to flax but was named after it, as both plants are used to produce fibers.

[1] Alister D. Muir, Neil D. Westcot, Muir, Alister D; Westcott, Neil D (2003). Flax: The Genus Linum. ISBN 978-0-415-30807-6., page 3 (August 1, 2003).

[2] Balter M. (2009). Clothes make the (Hu) Man. Science, 325(5946):1329.doi:10.1126/science.325_1329a PMID 19745126

[3] Flax nutrition profile”. Retrieved 2008-05-08.

[4] Alpers, Linda; Sawyer-Morse, Mary K. (1996-08). “Eating Quality of Banana Nut Muffins and Oatmeal Cookies Made With Ground Flaxseed”. Journal of the American Dietetic Association96 (8): 794–796. doi:10.1016/S0002-8223(96)00219-2. PMID 8683012.

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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