The health benefits of flaxseed are increasingly well known.

From the Flax Council of Canada:

“Omega-3 fatty acid. About 42% of flax seed is oil, and more than 70% of that oil is polyunsaturated fat, a healthy fat. Flax also contains 57% of the important omega-3 fatty acid, ALA.”

“Studies show a diet high in ALA reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and by preventing the buildup of harmful deposits in arteries. In other studies, where scientists studied large groups of people to find disease trends, increasing the ALA content of the diet corresponded to a decrease in risk of stroke and heart disease. … studies showed the ALA in flax slowed inflammation which led to cell growth in cancer. Another study on women newly diagnosed with breast cancer showed a slowing of tumour growth with the addition of flax to their diet.”

“Lignans. Flax seed is also one of the richest plant sources of lignans, providing up to 800 times more lignans than most other foods in a vegetarian diet. Lignans are phytoestrogens – compounds that have been shown in laboratory studies of animals to help protect against certain kinds of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast and colon, by blocking tumour formation.  The lignans and ALA in flax help prevent inflammation that affects the body’s immune system. Flax in the diet may be useful in the treatment of such immune disorders as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and lupus.”

“Extra fibre. Flax seed contains soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre can lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre moves the stool through the colon more quickly, helping bowel movements.”

“Diabetes: Studies show flax lowers blood glucose in healthy, young adults.”

2009 Canadian research shows that flaxseed Proteins may reduce blood pressure and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  (JOURNAL OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS 2009)

2008 New Zealand research indicates that flaxseed lignans may prevent prostate cancer. (MOLECULAR NUTRITION AND FOOD RESEARCH 2008);  French researchers reported that a high intake of lignans could reduce the risk of breast cancer. (JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE 2007)

2010 Iowa State University research showed that flaxseed lignans lowered cholesterol in men. (Science Daily, 2010)

2005 Taiwan research indicates flax lignans may improve hair loss. (NUTRA-INGREDIENTS 2005); 2009 Canadian research indicates lignans are linked to healthier, thinner women.               (BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRTION)

Canada’s climate has long been considered the reason for the superior quality of Canadian flaxseed.  Supplementing the nutrition, Prime Grains Golden Flax has a very nice flavor.


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