What is Flax?
Flax, also known as linseed is a small seed, well known for its omega 3 and fibre content. It is sold whole, ground or as flax of linseed oil.
What does flax do in the body?
Flax provides us with both soluble and insoluble fibre which has many benefits to the body. whole seeds give us insoluble fibre and ...Read more milled seeds provide soluble fibre as well as a vegan source of omega 3, some of which will be converted into DHA, EPA and ALA for use within the body, which:
• Contributes to normal blood cholesterol levels (ALA)
• Contributes to the maintenance of normal vision (DHA)
• Contributes to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels (EPA, DHA)
• Contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function (DHA)
• Contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure (EPA, DHA)
• Maternal intake contributes to the normal development of the eyes and brain development of the foetus and breastfed infants (DHA)
• Contributes to the normal visual development of infants up to the age of 12 months (DHA)
• Contributes to the normal function of the heart (EPA, DHA)
Omega 3 plays many roles in the body. It is required for the creation of something known as prostaglandin series 3. Prostaglandins series 3 is used in the anti-inflammatory processes in the body.
Why do I need flax?
For optimal health, omega 3 must be in ratio to omega 6, 1:2. Our typical western diets however tend to be omega 6 heavy, in fact in some cases are as high as omega 3 to 6 ratio of 1:15!
Adding in flax is a great start at consuming more omega 3 and correcting the balance of fats within the body.
How do I take flax?
Flax can be taken as seeds, both ground a whole. Whole seeds provide insoluble fibre and are likely to pass through the digestive tract whole, while milled seeds provide soluble fibre. The milling process allows your body to access the nutrition inside the seeds such as omega 3. Milled, flax seeds should be kept in the freezer.
Flax oil comes as a liquid or capsules and provides a concentrated source of omega 3. Flax oil should be kept in the fridge.