The Importance of Alpha-Linolenic Acid in our Diet

Perceptions concerning the benefits and function of fats and fatty acids in human nutrition have gone through a series of rather dramatic changes over the past several years. Not too long ago, fats of all types were reviled by the consuming public as witnessed by the numerous low-fat and no-fat diets that were once in Read More

WHO Calls for Global Action on Diabetes: More support for Flax in the diet

The World Health Organization (WHO) marked its annual World Health Day (7 April) with its first “Global report on diabetes”, where WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. WHO has selected diabetes as the theme for World Health Day 2016, to raise awareness of the ways in which diabetes Read More

Bioavailability of ALA from Different Forms of Flaxseed – what does the science say?

There is much confusion around the “bioavailability” of nutrients from various forms of flaxseed, in particular that of the essential omega-3 fatty acid – alpha linolenic acid. In the marketplace, flaxseed is most commonly found in forms including whole seed, ground milled seed and oil. Additionally, constituents from flaxseed such as lignans and fibre are Read More

Flaxseed Shows Protective Effects Against Radiation In Animal Models

Flaxseed Shows Protective Effects Against Radiation In Animal Models Ionizing radiation produces deleterious effects in living organisms. People are exposed to ionizing radiation during diagnostic and therapeutic radiographic procedures, during air and space travel, background radiation from nuclear accidents and through the use of electronic devices. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the Read More

Flaxseed – Antioxidants for Food Stability (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog, I provided an overview of the tremendous antioxidant capacity of flaxseed for human health. In this article, the role of these antioxidants in providing stability to flax, and the significance of this for food applications will be described. While it is well accepted that foods and dietary supplements prepared Read More

The Importance of an Optimal Omega:6 to Omega:3 Ratio

Flaxseed possesses a very healthy fatty acid profile. The oil from the seed is very low in saturated fat (approximately 9%), contains moderate amounts of monounsaturated fat (approximately 18%), and is high in polyunsaturated fats (approximately 73%). Flaxseed oil does not contain trans fatty acids which have been implicated in significant increases in coronary heart Read More

Flaxseed … Meeting Food Market Trends

Flaxseed … Meeting Food Market Trends Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) contains high quality protein, fat, and dietary fibre to support a healthy lifestyle. On average, flaxseed contains 41% fat, 20% protein, and 28% total dietary fibre. This modest seed is a wealth of nutrition due to its content of three health-promoting components: the omega-3 fatty acid Read More

New Research Supports the Positive Role of Flaxseed in the Reduction of Diabetes

Diabetes is characterized by hyperglycemia due to defects in insulin metabolism. Chronic hyperglycemia results in organ damage, particularly to the eyes, kidneys, heart and vasculature. Type 1 diabetes is due to an absolute deficiency of insulin secretion, whereas type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of insulin resistance and inadequate compensatory insulin secretion. Type Read More

Flaxseed – Antioxidants for Health (Part 1)

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that diets contain antioxidants. New foods are appearing in the grocery aisles touting their antioxidant content. In addition to its high level of omega 3, protein and fibre, flaxseed contains a wealth of antioxidant compounds. Why are antioxidants important?  Everyday life is tough on our cells. They are under Read More

Systematic review and meta-analysis support flaxseed consumption for weight loss

Over the last decade there has been an increased interest in the role of flaxseed and body weight. Flaxseed contains lignans, a-linolenic acid (ALA) and is a rich source of dietary fibre, including both insoluble and soluble fibre. These compounds have been associated with weight reduction (1). However, there are inconsistencies between trials examining the Read More