False flax oil

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False flax oil is a pressed seed oil, derived from the Camelina sativa or false flax, also called gold of pleasure. False flax has long been grown in Europe, and its oil used as a lamp oil until the 18th century. In recent times, its has been explored for use in cosmetic and skin care products.[1]It has a high content of omega-3 and is used as a food supplement by some cultures. In the United States the Food and Drug Administration has not rated the oil for human consumption yet. False flax belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard and cabbage) family, which also contains many other seed oil plants, such as rapeseed oil. It contains 1 - 3% erucic acid.

The seeds contain an average of 37% by weight of oil, and contains the following fatty acids:[2]

Component Percentage Category
Alpha-linolenic 35-42% Polyunsaturated
Oleic 12-27% Monounsaturated
Linoleic 16-25% Polyunsaturated
Gadoleic 9-17% Monounsaturated
Palmitic 3-8% Saturated
Stearic 2-3% Saturated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanislas Crouzier. "Processing false flax (camelina) proteins and oils to be used as base materials in cosmetics and skin care products". 
  2. ^ "Gold of Pleasure (pdf)". 

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