Wanting to add something extremely healthy to your diet regimen? Then brown flax seeds in the shell are the way to go! To get the most health benefits out of the flax seeds, we recommend grinding them.
Store flax seed in an airtight container that does not permit light to pass through the container. Store in a cool, dark, dry location away from heat. Flax seed will last several months if properly stored. Our flax seeds are non-GMO.
Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut loves flax seeds because they provide many health-promoting nutrients, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), omega-3 fats, and fiber. Plus, they deliver both soluble and insoluble fiber, which aid gastrointestinal health and digestion. She recommends grinding the flax seeds to maximize nutrient absorption. Her favorite way to enjoy ground flax seeds is by stirring them into hot cereals like oatmeal or quinoa.
- Numerous studies demonstrate that the consumption of flax seed may be associated with a reduction in total cholesterol, including LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
- The omega-3 fat and high fiber in flax may play a role in the fight against diabetes. In a study conducted by the University of Toronto, participants who ate flaxseed bread had blood sugar levels 28% lower an hour after eating than their counterparts who ate bread made with wheat flour.
- Flaxseed has up to 800 times the amount of lignans as any plant food tested to date. Lignans (a phytoestrogen) are natural compounds that may offer cancer protection (H. Adlercreutz, “Phytoestrogens: Epidemiology and a Possible Role in Cancer Protection”). Flax seed is also high in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which has been found to be promising as a cancer fighting agent. The American National Cancer Institute has singled out flax seed as one of six foods that deserve special study.
- Flax is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. One ounce of flax provides 32% of the USDA’s reference daily intake of fiber. It’s all natural fiber promotes bowel movements by helping to soften the stool, and thereby allowing it to pass through the colon quickly. Epidemiological studies have shown that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet reduces your colon-cancer risk. When adding fiber to your diet, it is important to make sure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water daily.
- Flax is high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Health experts, such as former Surgeon General C. Evertt Koop, recommend eating foods high in Omega-3’s for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis: the painful inflammation within the joints. The January 1996 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that the participants in a study that took flax oil daily reduced inflammatory responses by as much as 30%.
- Heart disease, the number one killer in America, is exacerbated by an unhealthy lifestyle. Flax has been found to help reduce total cholesterol, LDL levels (the bad cholesterol), and triglycerides. Flax helps to reduce clotting time and thereby reduces the chance for heart attacks and strokes. Regular intake of flax protects against arrhythmias and helps keep the arteries clear and pliable.
- Is it possible to protect ourselves from the germs that we’re exposed to on a daily basis? Research has found that eating flax daily enhances immunity, the body’s ability to defend itself successfully against bacteria and viruses. Two components of flax, lignans and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), have been found to affect immune cells and compounds that control immune reaction.
- Ward off the blues. Preliminary research suggests that eating a diet rich in flax could reduce your risk of atypical depression. Flax, says Udo Erasmus, PhD, has a mood boosting ingredient: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that is essential for the proper function of brain cells, yet up to 85% of women aren’t getting enough of it. Early research notes that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be important for brain development, and may help decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s. Flax is the richest source of Omega 3’s in the plant kingdom.
- Hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, moodiness-ah, the joys of menopause. Can flax really help? Yes! Flax, like soy, is a phytoestrogen. Flax is the richest known plant source of phytoestrogens, estrogen-like substances that are found in plants. Phytoestrogens act as a natural hormone therapy and help to stabilize hormonal levels. This stabilization of hormonal levels helps to lessen the symptoms of menopause.
- Flaxseeds contain 40% oil, most of which are the crucial omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) that our bodies need. The combination of EFAs and fiber in flax helps to promote normal cholesterol levels.
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)
|Amount per serving|
|Calories from Fat||106|
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