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Flaxseed: Frequently Asked Questions

This Flaxseed FAQ is a listing of the most frequently asked questions about Flaxseed. A great place to start getting answers to all your basic Flaxseed questions.

What is Flaxseed?

Flax, whose Latin name means "most useful", is one of the most ancient of herbs and was highly valued for its medicinal properties. Flaxseeds are the hard, tiny seeds of Linum usitatissimum , the flax plant. Dietary flax is grown in Canada in areas with no pollution. The seeds are harvested, milled and vacuum packed for ultimate freshness.
Flax, is an herb known for its pure pale blue flowers. It has been used, and consumed for its nutritional and medicinal uses for centuries. The actual seed of flax contain 30-40% of an oil, this oil remains inside the seed. When the seeds are heated, the soft shell of the seed allows for moisture to be absorbed, then as the seeds cool, a moist heat is released. This unique thermal and oil content allow for it to heat quickly and retain heat for more than 30 minutes, making it an ideal natural heating element.

Is there a difference between flaxseed and flaxseed oil?

Yes. Flaxseed oil is the result of cold-pressing flaxseeds. Because it is the fat portion of the seed, it contains high levels of omega-3 ALA — almost eight grams per tablespoon. But flaxseed oil doesn't have the fiber, lignans, and protein found in the rest of the seed.

What is flaxseed oil?

There are two types of flaxseed oil available — conventional and organic. These types of flaxseed oil differ in the way in which the seed is grown. Flaxseed oil results from pressing the oil from the seed. Flaxseed oil provides more ALA (approximately 55-58 percent) on a per weight basis in comparison to whole or milled seed (approximately 18-23 percent). Flax and Your Health

Is flaxseed good for children?

Flax seed is good for children as well as adults. Children 70 lbs. to 105 lbs. can consume up to 1/8 of a cup per day.

What are the storage requirements of flaxseed?

The hard seed coat of flax helps protect the seed against environmental factors such as heat and humidity. Whole flaxseed can be stored in clean, dry container for up to a year. Once the flaxseed has been ground and the hard seed coat has been broken, a greater risk exists in developing an ‘off-flavor or taste’. Flax is best prepared daily to ensure freshness. After all, there are no preservatives in this product. The ground flaxseed can be refrigerated in an opaque container. ...

Is Flaxseed Oil safe?

Yes, Flaxseed Oil has no known side effects as it is formulated with 100% natural ingredients . The ingredients in this product have a high safety profile and are generally well tolerated without side effects or interactions with other medications.

What are the advantages of using ground flaxseed vs. flaxseed oil?

Flaxseed is a veritable nutritional powerhouse. In addition to being the richest natural source of alpha linolenic acid, the parent omega-3, flaxseed also provides significant amounts of both insoluble and soluble fiber, which serve, respectively, to promote intestinal regularity and to reduce LDL and total cholesterol levels. One of the most intriguing characteristics of flaxseed, however, is its extraordinary lignan content, which is 75 to 800 times greater than other plant-based sources. ...

Why not just take flaxseed?

Although flaxseed has many benefits, its major drawback is that the short chain omega-3 fatty acids are not well converted to the all important long chain fatty acid DHA, so important for brain and eye health. NanOmega 3 provides 100 mg DHA per serving, not from fish, but from the micro-algae fish it, the very source! Plus NanOmega 3 also provides synergistic vitamins (E, D, B6, B12 & folate). Perhaps most important, ready to mix NanOmega 3 is absolutely delicious!

Why Organic Flaxseed Meal?

Our organic flaxseed meal is full of essential fatty acids.

Does flaxseed work for constipation?

Yes, flax seed works excellent for people suffering from constipation or diarrhea. For people that suffer from constipation, flax seed moves through the digestive tract quickly and results in softer stools. It is important to drink water directly after consuming flax seed since it absorbs 10 to 14 times its weight in liquid. Flax seed will help cleanse the colon and continued usage can help avoid colon cancer. For people with chronic diarrhea or IBS, flax seed will add substance to your stool.

When should I take flaxseed oil?

Flaxseed oil may be taken at any time of the day. Some people who are taking 2 or more tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily prefer to split their dosage-say one tablespoon in the morning and one at night. But in general, it does not matter when you take flaxseed oil. Its health benefits do not know how to tell time, so go ahead and take it whenever it is convenient for you. ...

How long does flaxseed keep?

If you buy whole flaxseed, don't be afraid to keep a jar of it handy on your kitchen counter. Whole flaxseed is naturally wrapped in a perfect package — a hard hull that preserves it's goodness for up to a year or longer. Ground flaxseed is best stored refrigerated in an opaque container and will keep at least 90 days. Because ground flaxseed flows readily even when frozen, many users choose to store ground flaxseed in the freezer for even longer shelf life. ...

How long will a package of flaxseed last?

Taken daily, a 425g. Vacuum-Sealed Bag of organic, milled flaxseed should last one person - one month. However, if you choose to cook and bake with it and explore the incredible variety of recipes and meal planning options - then you will need more.

Is flaxseed oil a good source of DHA?

Flaxseed oil is a dietary source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a precursor of DHA. The body can make small amounts of DHA from ALA, but this process is inefficient and variable. Therefore, if you are looking for the benefits of DHA, it is best to consume it directly.

Who should take flaxseed oil?

Really, just about anyone can benefit from taking flaxseed oil. It has shown itself to be a highly tolerated supplement, and side effects are extremely rare. If you are showing any of the signs of essential fatty acid deficiency, it would be worth giving it a try. Or, if you have a serious health condition that has been shown to improve though essential fatty acid supplementation, it would also make sense to add flaxseed oil to your daily routine.

How many calories are in flaxseed?

0 grams of flaxseed has approximately 450 calories. Ground Flax Ground Flax Ground Flax Whole Flax Whole Flax Whole Flax Measurement Grams Ounces Calories Grams Ounces Calories 250 mL (1 cup) 130.0 4.5 585 180 6.3 810 175 mL (3/4 cup) 97.5 3.4 439 135 4.8 607 150 mL (2/3 cup) 86.6 3.0 390 120 4.2 540 125 mL (1/2 cup) 65.0 2.3 293 90 3.2 405 75 mL (1/3 cup) 42.3 1.5 195 60 2.1 270 50 mL (1/4 cup) 32.5 1.1 146 45 1.6 202 15 mL (1 tbsp) 8.0 0.3 36 11 0.4 50 5 mL (1 tsp) 2.7 0.1 12 4 0.1 18

How is flaxseed best added to the diet?

Flaxseed can be added as whole seed or ground. Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefit than does whole flax seed. The seed coat of flax is hard. Grinding the seed aids in breaking the seed coat and therefore aides in digestion. Whole flaxseed remain unbroken when passing through the body thus reducing the nutritional benefits. 2. How can flaxseed be ground? Flaxseed is easy to grind and likely, you have the right tool in your own kitchen. Flaxseed can be ground with a food processor or coffee grinder. ...

Should I eat flaxseed?

More research on flaxseed is needed to make a specific recommendation. In laboratory studies, flaxseed has shown anticancer properties, but a few studies have found high amounts of flaxseed may contribute to cancer development. For now, a small amount of ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon) per day may provide some health benefits and is most likely safe. ...

What is the difference between Flaxseed and Linseed Oils?

They are two names for the same oil. In the past, linseed oil was popularized by the media. Therefore, consumers requested Linseed oil. Today, Flaxseed oil, also know as linseed oil, has been the subject of recent attention in the media and therefore consumers have been requesting this oil by its latter name. Regardless of the nomenclature chosen, they are one and the same.

Why is flaxseed recommended during menopause?

The benefits of flaxseed abound, thanks in part to substances called lignans, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. These components enable flaxseed to alleviate menopausal changes, improve cholesterol levels, balance blood sugar levels and lower overall cancer risk. Flaxseed is extremely versatile and easy to use. It must be ground before using or the tough, tiny seeds will pass through your body undigested. Using an electric coffee bean grinder or a food processor, grind and store a cup of the flax meal in the refrigerator. ...

Which is better for me, whole or ground flaxseed?

Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefits than does whole seed. That's because flaxseeds are very hard, making them difficult to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding flaxseeds breaks them up, making them easier to digest when eaten. Then the body can profit from all that flax goodness. If whole flaxseeds remain unbroken, they may pass undigested through the body, reducing the nutritional advantage of eating flaxseed in the first place.

What is the difference between brown and golden flaxseed?

There is no nutritional difference between brown and golden flaxseeds. They are simply two different colors of the same seed. The golden seeds tend to have a lighter flavor and texture, but are nutritionally the same as brown flaxseeds.

What are the benefits of your Flaxseed Oil?

Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, helps keep you heart healthy, supports healthy blood pressure, reduces joint pain and swelling, and helps with constipation and hemorrhoids, depression and much more.

How does Flaxseed Oil work?

Flaxseed Oil works by delivering the essential vitamins and nutrients that your body requires on a daily basis. One of the greatest benefits of Flaxseed Oil is that it is a rich source of Omega-3 . Proper intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is key to a healthy lifestyle. Not only does Flaxseed provide you with a great source of Omega-3, it also contains Omega-6, Omega-9, Vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc.

What is the difference between C-Leinosan flaxseed oil and High- Lignan flaxseed oil?

When flaxseed is processed into oil, the fibrous hulls are squeezed out of the seeds. Usually the oil is then strained, and the excess fiber, called lignans, discarded. However, it has now been found that this formerly cast-away fiber is actually treasure, at least as far as your health is concerned. Overwhelming evidence suggests that a special plant fiber found in flaxseed called lignan can give you added ammunition in the fight against cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. ...

What is the best way to consure Flaxseed?

Grind it fresh every day in a coffee grinder and add it to everything!

Does flaxseed need to be ground up?

Not necessarily, the flaxseed in our Flax Crackers is soaked in water and then dehydrated. Soaking breaks down the hard outer shell and starts the life process. Dehydrating then makes the seed crunchy so you can easily chew them with your teeth. This chewing process also brings your own digestive enzymes in to the equation making the flax even more digestible.

How do I use flaxseed?

Ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil can be used as an additional ingredient to add essential fatty acids to a product. It can also be used successfully as an egg substitute in some recipes (see how to use egg substitutes question for details). Flaxseed oil should not be used in cooking requiring heat. It will render the advantages of the product useless. CORN ISSUES/SUBSTITUTES

What is the Difference Between Flaxseed and Linseed?

Flaxseed and linseed are the same thing, although “flaxseed” is a term generally used to describe flax for the food and feed industry, while “linseed” is primarily used to describe flax used for industrial purposes (such as linoleum flooring).
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