Flax—Fiber, Protein and Healthy Fat in A Tiny Package
Flax is a little tiny seed, barely larger than the well-known sesame seed, that holds a great amount of nutritional and health promoting benefits. They have a mild, nutty flavor and a deep, warm, mocha coloring.

The nutritional benefits of flax seeds come mostly from the abundance of omega-three fatty acids they contain. Flax seeds can be eaten whole, but because they are so little, they are apt to pass through your system whole without their nutrition being absorbed. So grinding the seeds or extracting the oil is the best way to benefit from them. Flax seeds can be ground in a coffee or seed grinder and sprinkled on cereal, mixed into salads, put into pancakes or on your morning oatmeal.

Two tablespoons of flax seed contain 3 ½ grams of omega-3 fatty acids, enough to provide almost 150% of your daily requirements. The benefits of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids are well documented and include reducing the inflammation that is a significant factor in conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches and osteoporosis. Omega-3’s also have cholesterol-lowering effects and may reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes as well as certain cancers.

Flax seeds are also a good source of dietary fiber, folate and vitamin B6 as well as the minerals magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and copper which may aide in reducing cholesterol and improving heart and digestive health.

Flax seeds contain a compound known as lignan, a phytonutrient with anti-oxidant and hormone like effects. The hormone type action of lignans has beneficial effects for peri-menopausal women, including helping to balance out fluctuating hormone levels. It may also help reduce the risk of the type of breast cancer found in post-menopausal women. Lignan is also known to decrease insulin resistance, which may provide some protection against type II diabetes.

Enjoy DeBoles Organic Angel Hair with Whole Wheat and Flax for a healthy and tasty way to get a generous dose of flax seed and to benefit from it’s health-promoting compounds.

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