Flaxseed can help to control Holiday over-eating

The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds! The average person consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Christmas dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers. Read More

Reductions in Health Care Costs – The Potential of Flaxseed

As health care costs surge globally due to an ever increasing burden of disease, the role that healthy foods such as flaxseed can play in disease reduction and even therapeutically is of great interest. Although research is sparse and somewhat dated, there is evidence to suggest that healthy components such as flaxseed can provide reductions Read More

Flaxseed and Bone Health

The study of flax and bone metabolism is a hot new area of emerging research. Phytoestrogens such as lignans may help prevent osteoporosis (1), a disease in which bone mass is low and the risk of bone fractures is high. Flax lignans may have a positive effect on bone in postmenopausal women by enhancing antioxidant Read More

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

Importance of the omega-3 and omega-6 ratio to Health

Flaxseed provides a unique mix of fatty acids. It is low in saturates (less than 9% of total fatty acids) and contains the essential polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 α-linolenic acid (ALA; 18:3n-3) and omega-6 linoleic acid (LA; 18:2n-6). Essential fatty acids are required in the diet as they cannot be made by humans. Most notably, 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