Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health. – Mahatma Gandhi
Flax seeds come in a hard shell and need to be ground up. Think of the process as releasing the nutrients of the flaxseed so your body can utilize them. If you choose to grind the seeds with your own hands, which is best, you will need to use a coffee grinder or food processor.
The alternative is buying all natural, 100% Non-GMO pre-ground flaxseeds on Amazon right now for about CDN$ 8.95 per pound and a half, which will supply you for months.
A great way to consume flaxseeds is sprinkling them onto your salads or adding them to smoothies.
Barry Swanson, Ph.D., a fellow at the Institute of Food Technologists and professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Washington State University recommends buying whole flaxseeds and grinding them personally.
Pre-ground flaxseeds likely contain lower levels of heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), says Swanson. Pre-ground flaxseed has been exposed to oxygen longer; oxygen causes polyunsaturated fats to break down. (So do heat and light.) Tell-tale sign that this has occurred: an off smell and/or flavor you might call “rancid.”
To retain the polyunsaturated fatty acids, store your flaxseed—whole or ground—in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. If you do buy pre-ground, be sure your storage container is dark—and not made of metal, which contains minerals that contribute to fat breakdown.
Why are flaxseeds so important to eat?
The reason is flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health. They actively work in preventing memory loss and depression.
The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed have been proven to lower high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by as much as 25% and 65% respectively. Flax seeds also decrease the probability of blood clots blocking an artery.
Extraordinary results were reported in a rare example of a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of a dietary intervention (flaxseeds) to combat one of our leading killers, high blood pressure.
The researchers even stated in the study that “the magnitude of this decrease in blood pressure demonstrated by dietary flaxseed, therefore, is as good or better than other nutritional intervention and comparable to many drugs.” Read the study @ Flax Council Of Canada.
How much flax seeds should you eat?
Dr. Michael Greger recommends, “everyone eating 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseeds every day, for the rest of your life.” In the video I attached below, Dr. Greger also adds skipping on the flax seed oil.
According the USDA, each tablespoon of ground flaxseeds contains 37 Calories, 2 Grams of Polyunsaturated Fat, 1.3 Grams of Protein!
Still not convinced on how important eating flax seeds are? A must watch video for any Vegan or Vegetarian: