Flax

 

Flax

Flax

Tiny but Mighty

The flax seed is the mighty powerhouse in terms of nutrient payload.  It has a similar vitamin and mineral profile to grains but in terms of fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, it leaves all grains in the dust.

Low in Carbs

Flax content is low in carbohydrates and it ideal for people who want to limit their intake of starches and sugars.

High in Fiber

Flax is one of the few where you get both soluble and insoluble fiber. This may be why it has been cited as a great food for lowering cholesterol.

High in Phytochemicals

Flax has a large concentration of phytochemicals and antioxidants.  A good source of lignans which are responsible for converting substances in our intestines that balance hormones.

Essential Fatty Acids

Flax seed is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. It is also one of the top vegetable sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids; linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. Regular intake of small portions of flax seeds in the diet help to lower total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet that is rich in dietary fibers, monounsaturated fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

Flax are perhaps the most widely available botanical source of n−3 or ω (omega)-3 fatty acids. Flax seed oil consists of approximately 55% ALA (α-linolenic acid). One spoonful of flax seed oil provides about 8 g of omega-3 fatty acids. Research studies have suggested that n-3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory action helps to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers. Adequate quantities of n-3 oils are required for normal infant development and maturation of nervous system.

The seeds also contain lignans, a class of phytoestrogens considered to have antioxidant and cancer preventing properties.

The Right Vitamin E

Flax are an excellent source of vitamin E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; containing about 20 g (133% of daily-recommended values) per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals.

B-Complex Vitamins

The seeds are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Thiamin is an important co-factor for carbohydrates metabolism; helps prevent beri-beri disease. Folates help prevent neural tube defects in the fetus when consumed during pre-conception period and pregnancy.

Minerals

Furthermore, flax seed is rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

It must be milled

To obtain all the benefits of flax it must be milled to make all the wonderful components available to your body.  Without proper milling, the seeds simply pass through.

Rapid Oxidation

Like many seeds and grains, flax will oxidize rapidly after milling.  That is why we package it immediately after milling and put it into a high barrier bag with a oxygen eater.  The flax and other components will stay fresh without refrigeration for long periods of time.  However, once opened, the contents must be quickly resealed and refrigerated.

Our Flax is 100% Certified Organic, vegan, non-GMO, and Gluten-Free.

USDA Organic