Ballyroan’s oil entrepeneurs

One of the healthiest foods on the planet is being grown and produced in Ballyroan by local couple John and Kate Irwin, who have also set up a business to sell Adora Flax Oil products

One of the healthiest foods on the planet is being grown and produced in Ballyroan by local couple John and Kate Irwin, who have also set up a business to sell Adora Flax Oil products

The couple decided to grow the crop after discovering the health benefits of flax oil. They were aware that flax had been grown in Ireland over one hundred years ago, for producing linen from the stem, so they knew it was suited to the climate.

The couple say they grow the flax “in harmony with nature” without the use of any artificial chemicals or preservatives. They say this is very challenging but rewarding.

They then press the flax seed using a mechanical cold press system and incorporate measures during pressing to protect the high presence of the essential fatty acid content of Omega 3 and 6, as well as all the other health properties present in the oil, to finally produce an extremely high quality, authentic flax oil. The Irwins claim that growing flax in a cold dark climate like Ireland means the seed retains more essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) than if it were grown in a warmer, sunnier country and imported here.

“Flax oil is often referred to as liquid sunshine and with so little sunshine in Ireland, Mother Nature provides what we need to replace the work of the sun in our blood stream through the high levels of Omega 3, like in Adora flax oil,” say the Irwins.

The three main sources of Omega 3 are flax seed, oily fish and walnuts. The Irwins said that if these foods are not contained in the daily diet then people need to take Omega 3 in another form as it is an essential fatty acid necessary to maintain good health in the body. Like most vitamins and minerals, the body cannot store Omega 3s.

The Irwins say it is always recommended to take flax oil with a high protein low fat food like cottage cheese, natural yoghurt or in a bowl of porridge to assist the body in absorbing all the goodness of the flax oil.

Kate and John have Irwin said that their product has received a good reception in the few months since they went into business..

“It is being well received especially because it is Irish produce. People are glad to see an Irish made product replacing an import. We have already been approached to export the product.

Adora Flax Oil is available at shops in Portlaoise, Roscrea, Tullamore, and Newbridge. Visit online at www.adorafarm.com or you can email info@adorafarm.com.