Flax Seed Flake
Cold-Pressed from Linseed Seed, Flax Seed Flake is a 100% Natural Supplement rich in Protein and Dietary Fibre. It is an ideal supplement to aid bowel health, as well muscular growth and conditioning.
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 (also sometimes known as meal) is a protein and dietary fibre supplement, that also has a small amount of oil left within.
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 many people consider it easier to feed. The flake is very palatable and is extremely easy to feed in with the daily feed. Our flake pots include a measuring scoop to make it really easy to measure and add to your dog's food whether it be biscuits, tinned food or a raw diet. Click here for more information on feeding rates.
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 bowel and colon health. The protein contained in the flake is made up of both Essential and Non-Essential Amino acids. Amino acids are what are known as the 'building blocks of life' - they are crucial to the structure of a healthy immune system, and are vital for optimum health of organs and tissues in the body.
Flax Seed Flake or Meal is a highly digestible source of protein, meaning that most of the nutrients it contains are readily absorbed into the body and less are wasted.
Without Protein in the diet, dogs can be prone to a range of health problems including a depressed immune system, anemia and infectious diseases. A deficiency in Protein can also lead to your dog being more susceptible to stressful conditions. However if your dog does have a kidney problem, high protein diets are NOT recommended. Please consult your Vet if you are unsure.
The Flake is also very high in dietary fibre, and low in non-fibre carbohydrates. The high insoluble fibre content will promote regular bowel movements and a healthy colon, contributing to your dog's all-round health. Insoluble fibre acts like a sponge and absorbs water, therefore adding a higher moisture content to stools, encouraging normal faecal consistency and reducing constipation. It is gluten and GMO free too, which all helps to reduce the risk of disorders often associated with feeding diets that are high in sugars and starches.
In addition to protein and dietary fibre, the Flake is also a fantastic source of phytoestrogens (lignans at 1.6%) and other vitamins and minerals including sodium, calcium and magnesium. For a full breakdown of exactly what is contained in Flax Seed Flake, please download the full nutritional analysis available at the bottom of this page.
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, but only in small amounts. If you are wanting to supplement your dog's diet with an Omega 3 supplement for it's anti-inflammatory properties and general health, please read about our high quality Flax Seed Oil here.
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 dog has water readily available when eating.
Another common question is 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 in most cases. 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!
Please be aware that not all of our stockists choose to stock our Flax Seed Flake, so you may wish to call them first to see if they have any in stock!