Flax Seeds, Flax Oil, and Flax Meal


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Flax seeds offer goodness in many forms. The whole seeds provide an excellent source of fiber. Flax oil is a rich source of ALA, a precursor to Omega-3 fatty acids. The right kinds of fats in the body decrease inflammation, and nourish the cell membranes. Ground flax is a source of lignans, substances which increase levels of protective estrogen metabolites while decreasing effects of the form of estrogen which causes cell growth. Lignans also promote cell death in unhealthy cells. Eating about one ounce of ground flax daily can lessen insulin resistance, which can reduce the amount of bioavailable estrogen. Sprinkle ground flax over cereal or add to a smoothie. Flax seeds can be sprinkle on any dish to increase fiber in the diet.