Curious as to what all the hype is on flax seed? Here is a brief read on the research touting it’s benefits.
Flax Seed Research:
Flax seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, digestible proteins, lignans, soluble fiber and is one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid oil (ALA). Omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are believed to reduce inflammation and may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease and arthritis.¹
EPA and DHA do not naturally occur in the body and therefore must be consumed in diet.² ALA quickly converts into EPA and DHA after consumption, making flax seed a convenient source for these fatty acids.
From memory aid³ to breast tumor reduction4 to cancer prevention,5 flax seed currently has the research to support the hype. Read here for a summary of findings of nutritional composition of flax seed, its health benefits, and disease-prevention qualities, utilization of flax seed for food, feed, and fiber, and processing of flax seed.
Mike’s Mix offers milled flax seed, which besides mixability, may have other advantages over the whole variety.
Recent research indicates that milled (ground) flax seed and flax seed oil provides a significant increase in ALA, over whole. Furthermore, milled flax seed has a much lower rate of intestinal discomfort compared to oil and whole flax.6 When choosing a flax seed one should consider that some sources can lose their potency and nutrients once ground. Mike’s Mix Ground Flax Seed has been stabilized and comes in a UV and moisture proof bag ensuring that your flax maintains its nutritious properties.7