Oil mixed with lignan-bearing particles
Some linseed (flax seed) oil is called “high lignan”. Lignans are really water soluble so the “lignans” in the oil are simply bits of linseeds that have been finely broken in the pressing process and not filtered out. The tend to settle to the bottom of the oil and need hard shaking to incorporate into the oil; for this reason bottles of high lignan linseed oil should be stored on their side as it makes incorporating the lignans easier when shaken.
A wholesome option
High lignan is the completely unfiltered wholegrain version of linseed oil, it is a bit like the peanut butter with the skins left on. If you aren’t eating much other linseed than it is a good choice to get those valuable lignans which are a real super-nutrient.
High Lignan it’s your choice
High lignan linseed (flax seed) oil does look a bit black and sludgy and unappetising! On the Budwig diet if you don’t fancy it or can’t find it, don’t worry – you are getting plenty of lignans from all the linseed you are grinding up and adding to your meals. By comparison to the amount we get from ground linseed, even the highest lignan oil contributes only a small amount of lignans to your diet.