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As a Matter of Flax: Omega-3′s and Fats

When it comes to the topic of fats, there is quite a bit of confusion. Some people think that all fats are bad and that they should be avoided whenever possible. In reality, our bodies need fats to function correctly. For example our brains are composed of around 60% fat.

Fats are necessary for brain and nerve activity, healthy cell membranes, blood vessels, and much, much more. Most folks focus on the quantity of fat that is consumed, but the types of fat we eat are just as important. Some fats are much better for us than others, and one of the most beneficial types is the omega-3 fatty acid.

Omega-3′s

One of the most interesting aspects of omega-3 fatty acids is that they don’t make us fat. They can actually help us lose weight by helping to regulate our metabolism. They can even help to lower cholesterol. Omega-3′s play many important roles in our bodies.

Deficiencies in omega-3′s are linked to a variety of conditions such as decreased memory, diminished immune function, hypertension, eczema, cracked heels, depression, learning disorders, and many other issues. Most grocery store foods and fast foods are very low in omega-3′s, but don’t worry, we’ve got the solution. One of the best ways to get omega 3′s is with flax seeds!

 

What Are Flax Seeds?

Flax seeds are simply the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). Flax is a beautiful flowering plant that has been used since ancient times for food and textile fiber. It yields a small, nutty-tasting seed, that is about the same size as a sunflower seed. It just so happens that flax seed is one of the best sources of healthy omega-3′s. What Are Flax Seeds?

Benefits of Flax

Flax seeds are a great addition to any diet. Having an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids is important for energy levels, smooth skin and hair, normalizing blood sugar, brain and visual function, adrenal health, and an improved immune system. Flax is also a complete protein and a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Benefits of Flax

 

Flax Versus Fish

Some look to fish to get their omega-3′s, but, flaxseed has several advantages. Flax has an astounding 20% omega-3 content. Compare that to the to the 1% available in most fish. Flax also has special fibers called lignin, which help to strengthen the immune system. In addition, lignin has antiviral and antifungal properties. So not only does flax beat fish when it comes to omega-3′s, it is also a 100% renewable resource, which makes it a great alternative to fish.

 

How to Use Flax

Because of their hard shell, we recommend you either soak or grind flax seeds for the best absorption and assimilation. Flax has a delicious, nutty, and earthy flavor. You can sprinkle ground or soaked flax seeds over your salads, blend into dressings or smoothies, and make raw breads, crackers or cookies!

Or try our classic recipe for flax seed crackers and impress your friends and family with their unbeatable crunch and flavor!          

 

 

 

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Flax Seeds, Golden, 2-Lbs, Organic, Raw

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