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'Flax seed for health - A 'super food' - contains omega-3, lignans, mucilage, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, trace minerals

Flax Seed / Flax Oil

flax for nutrition

"Wherever flax seed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health"

-Mahatma Gandhi.


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During the 8th century, the emperor Charlemagne so revered the health benefits of flax seeds that he passed laws and regulations requiring its cultivation and consumption. Archaeology references flax seed cultivation dating back to ~4000 BC in Babylon. Cloth made from flax fibers was found in Egyptian burial chambers dating to ~3000 BC. Its healing properties are mentioned in ~650BC Greek and Roman writings. Ancient East Indian cultures felt that flax consumption was necessary to reach "nirvana"- a state of joy and contentment.


Flax seed for health

Health problems helped by consuming flax seed

• Skin Disorders

• Digestive Problems (including Spastic Colon, Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

• Hormone regulation

• Interfere with tumor growth

• Anti-diabetic

• Anti-lupus

• Viral, fungal and bacterial infections

Health Related Functions

•  Helps regulate / stabilize blood glucose levels  - Useful in diabetes and hypoglycemia;

• Blood Pressure Control

• Buffers excess acid;

•  Lowers elevated cholesterol - prevents re-absorption of bile acids.

•  Food for good bacteria in the colon - which keep the "bad" bacteria in check.

Properties of flax seed

Highest food source of essential omega-3 fatty acid α-linoleic acid (ALA)

 Flax seed OIL is prized for its high content of omega-3 fatty acids providing a remedy for the Omega-3 deficiency so prevalent in America today.    Most flax oil exceed 45% ALA, but specifc lines / growing conditions can routinely exceed 70% ALA.  Flax oil also contains 18% oleic acid, 16% Omega-6 and 9% saturated fatty acids

This minimally processed omega-3 source resonates in the cell membrane "in tune" with the frequency of sunlight.    Resonation increases cellular energy prosuction by attracting oxygen to the cell to enhance oxidative enzyme in the cellular respiration cycle..

Both its Omega-3 and Omega-6 content help regulate hormones and combat mood swings.

Insoluble Fiber and Mucilage "The Perfect Laxative"

Mucilage contained in flax.   These polysaccharides act like a sponge, absorbing water. It also soothes and protects the stomach and intestinal linings, prevents irritation and keeps bowel contents slipping along.

Flax seed is an excellent source of insoluble fiber.  Acts like a sweeping brush, moving solid waste out of the intestinal tract.

Soluble Fiber

"Lowers Cholesterol"

1/3 Soluble Fiber.  Attaches to cholesteroland together with the mucilage escorts it from the body, preventing the cholesterol's reabsorption from the intestines, and thus reducing blood cholesterol levels.

Highest Food Source of Lignans

Flax seed contains 100 times the lignans (or phytoestrogens) of the next best source (i.e. wheat bran). (Note: Lignans are different to lignins, which are a type of insoluble fiber).

Strong antioxidants  /anti-inflammatory;

Regulate estrogen - mildly decrease estrogen when used in moderation.  Phytoestrogens contained in flax seed bind to estrogen receptors (but are less stimulating than estrogen), and so compete with other estrogens that would otherwise more strongly stimulate the estrogen receptors.

Flaxmeal reduced Testosterone in prostate cancer patients.     Researchers at Duke University found that supplementation with ~ 1 oz milled flax combined with low fat diet over ~1 month resulted in significant decreases in both total and free Testosterone in prostate cancer patients. They also found a decrease in PSA levels in men with early stage prostate cancer. A later Duke University study supplementing flaxmeal over 6 months in men with enlarged prostate did significantly both lower PSA levels and decrease benign epihelium proliferation rates, but interestingly did not significantly alter Testosterone levels.

Flax seed's other nutrients:

• An array of minerals and trace minerals;

• Good source of magnesium (2 Tbsp. seeds = 70mg).

Vitamins EB1, B2, C and carotene

Low carbohydrate food.1T ground flax has 3g carbs (0.11g sugar) and 1T seeds has 2g carbs (0.16g sugar); sugar content is 5% of carb content

 25% of flax seed is easily digested protein.Contains a complete amino acid profile.

Daily flax seed dose?

3-6 Tbsp. fresh ground flax seed.  3 Tbsp. flax seed contains 1 Tbsp. oil

Do not consume > 6 Tbsp. GROUND FLAX SEED / day

Flax seed must be taken with plenty of fluid!     Drink fluid 5 times its volume;

Flax seed types

Always buy ORGANIC flax seed or flax meal

Seed Types.    Seeds can be brown or golden, small or large. All kinds of flax seed are nutritious; however, seeds grown further north contain higher oil and omega-3 content.   Golden flax seed has milder taste than brown, no difference in nutritional value, costs a little more than brown. Its color is associated with its mucilage content.

Flax seed shelf life

Shelf-life of Flax seeds.    The whole seeds can be kept for several months in a cool, dark, airtight container without detriment to their Omega-3 α-linolenic acid (ALA) content.

Should I buy whole seeds or flax meal ?

•   Whole seeds are cheaper, and provide long-term damage protection for their precious contents.   Grind the seeds just shortly before their consumption;

•   Store-bought Flax meal should be COLD-MILLED.   Flax meal that has been cold-milled is more expensive, but will keep several months unrefrigerated since the special grinding process does not crush the seed, which can damage its oil and quickly turn it rancid.

How to grind flax seed ?

Flax seed is best ground fresh to ensure the quality of its omega-3 essential fat.  A coffee grinder does the job well, or a Cuisinart â„¢Mini-mate”.Finely grind about 2 Tbsp. flax seeds for 4-5 seconds (yields about 3 Tbsp. flax meal, containing 1 Tbsp. Flax oil).  The nergetic electrons in Ground flax (flax meal) will keep about a week when refrigerated, so you can grind a few days worth at a time.

How to consume flaxmeal ?

Always take flax meal with 5 times its volume of fluid.  Flax meal absorbs a lot of water. This means that it is necessary to have 8oz. (1 cup) extra liquid with each 3 Tbsp. Flax meal.

Do not consume more than 6 Tbsps. Flax meal / day

(1-3 Tbsp/day is the usually recommended dose)

Preferably blend with Sulfurated Protein.  Flax meal is best blended with, or taken with, sulfurated protein (E.g. cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, plain yogurt, whey protein concentrate), which makes it water soluble. This bypasses the need for the liver (often impaired or diseased in ill health) to breakdown the omega-3 fat, making it available for the body's immediate use.

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Some other suggestions for consuming flax meal

• Add to blender drink, oatmeal, pancakes.   If adding ground flaxseeds to a cooked cereal or grain dish, do so at the end of cooking since the soluble fiber in the flaxseeds can thicken liquids if left too long.

• Sprinkle over salads, breakfast cereal, vegetables.   Lends a nutty flavor

Creamy Flax Breakfast Cereal

Add 1 Cup COLD milk (or Yogurt "Milk" - see link below) to 2-3 Tbsp. fresh-ground (or cold-milled) flax meal to make a creamy flax breakfast cereal.

Optionally, add a spoonful of plain, unsweetened, whole or low-fat yogurt,some fresh fruit (berries, chopped bananas),some organic nuts (e.g. pine nuts, almonds, walnuts),and/or some seeds (e.g.  pumpkin /sunflower /sesame seeds) - - delicious!

Provides an excellent breakfast!

Breakfast Menu (includes recipe for yogurt "milk”)

It is OK to add flax meal to baked goods (e.g. muffins, breads).   Studies have shown the same levels of undamaged beneficial Omega-3 ALA after customary baking temperatures for up to 2 hours).

•   Substitute 3x ground flaxseed for an amount of fat in a recipe

•   Recipes containing flax meal tend to brown more easily

Flax seed vs. Flax seed oil ?

Ground flax seed (flaxmeal)

•  Used for baking

• Used to maintain regularity.   Seed contains fiber

•  Contains high lignan (phytoestrogen) content

Flax Oil

•  Used for high omega-3 intake.   Can be combined with sulfurated protein to aid delivery to cells, as in the BUDWIG PROTOCOL

• Only 2% of the seed's lignans end up in the oil.

• Does not contain fiber

• Oil has a tendency to go rancid easily after being pressed from the seeds.

How to use Flax Oil

Flax Oil Dosage?

Maintenance Dose of Oil.    1-2 Tbsp. / day expeller-expressed flax OIL

Therapeutic Dose of Oil.    Up to 9 Tablespoons / day Flax Oil

Shelf-life of flax oil

Flax seed oil is unstable, and tends to go rancid about 1 month after opening.  The oil should be kept refrigerated or frozen in opaque containers to slow its deterioration rate . However, even freezing the oil does not prevent aging loss of its energetic electrons, according to leading fats expert Dr. Johanna Budwig.frozen treeze or refrigerate to extend its shelf life.

Tip to Keep Flax Oil as fresh as possible

Buy the 32 ounce Flax Oil.   Most economic purchase

On opening, transfer oil to four 8oz bottles and keep them all in the freezer.    This will avoid further exposure to oxygen until you open each bottle


Flax seed oil should never be heated above ~ 104 °F.

High heat oxidizes the omega-3 fatty acids and damages its nutrients and enzymes. This creates reactive oxygen species, including free radicals, thus destroying the beneficial omega-3 content of the oil.

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