When we cold-press the Linseed Seed, we produce two products, both with their own individual nutritional benefits. The oil is an Essential Fatty Acid supplement high in Omega 3, and the flake is a protein and dietary fibre supplement, that also has a small amount of oil left within.
With over 30% protein and around 40% dietary fibre, the flake is a wonderful supplement to aid muscular growth and development, and also to promote optimum digestive health. The flake also contains both Essential and Non-Essential Amino acids. Due to the natural, cold-pressing process, we are unable to press all of the oil from the seed. This means that around 8% of the oil remains in the flake, and therefore the flake is also a source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids.
The flake is also low in non-fibre carbohydrates and is gluten & GMO free. This can help to reduce 'tying up' issues, as well as reducing the risk of other disorders often attributed to diets high in sugar and starch.
The reason we call it 'flake', is that our cold-pressing machines expel what is left of the pressed seeds as a consistency that looks much like 'bran flakes'. Many other machines expel this as a pellet, and it is quite common to see linseed or flax seed pellets available. Flax Seed Flake is much the same, but some people consider it easier to feed to their horses, as some horses do not like pellets and they often have to be soaked before feeding too. The flake is very palatable and is easy to administer in with the daily feed.
We are often asked if the flake needs to be soaked in water prior to feeding. This is not the case with Flax Seed Flake. Due to some of the oil being retained in the flake it is not extremely dry, and so does not need to be soaked. We do however recommend that your horse has water readily available when eating.
We are also often asked if you can feed the flake instead of feeding flax seed oil. We suggest that they actually compliment each other well, and that they can be fed alongside each other. They are two different products with different properties, and the results you are looking to achieve should determine whether you choose to use the oil or the flake or both!
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