Around 650 B.C., Hippocrates spoke about the relief that flax provided for abdominal pains and in the 8th Century A.D., Charlemagne, aware of the significant benefits offered by flax, passed laws making the consumption of this crop mandatory. Flaxseeds are a rich source of lignans and the omega-3 fatty acid Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Lignans act as a strong antioxidant and can support cardiovascular and menopausal health. When we consume flaxseeds, our body converts ALA into the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – providing the cardiovascular, joint, cognitive and eye health benefits offered by these fatty acids. Bioriginal offers roasted flaxseed, milled flaxseeds, raw flaxseeds, flax flours, golden flaxseed oil and brown flaxseed oil.
ALA: This omega-3 fatty acid supports a wide range of health benefits including menopausal health, heart health, arthritis, cognitive function and brain development and healthy vision.
- Menopausal Health: Women experience hot flashes due to the dilation and contraction of blood vessels that cause changes in body temperature. ALA lowers these vasomotor properties, reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
- Regulate Heartbeat: ALA stabilizes our heart rhythm at the gene level, helping prevent conditions such as arrhythmia.
- Triglyceride Levels: ALA decreases triglyceride levels, lowering our risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Arthritic Conditions: ALA lowers inflammation and joint stiffness experienced in arthritis.
- Bone Density: ALA can increase calcium absorption and buildup in bones.
- Brain development: As ALA gets converted into DHA after consumption, it not only aids in brain development but also protects our nerve cells from damage.
- Cognitive Function: ALA plays a significant role in boosting our memory and learning ability; enhancing overall cognitive function.
- Healthy Vision: ALA promotes healthy retinal function and slows progression of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that arises from the wear and tear of the retina, usually affecting individuals over the age of 50.
Lignans: Studies show that this nutrient can lower the frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women and increase bone density in post-menopausal women. It also lowers plaque formation on the arterial walls and offers antioxidant protection to our body.
Fiber: Studies show that consuming fiber can support digestive health and increase absorption of vitamins and minerals in our body. It can help regulate blood sugar levels, lower serum cholesterol and reduce excess blood fats – providing protection against heart disease. Fiber can also support weight loss as it can make a person feel full quicker and stay satiated for longer.
The flax plant grows best in cool weather and well-drained soils. There are two varieties of flaxseeds – brown and golden – both providing identical nutritional benefits. Flaxseeds are sown in the soil 1 to 1.5 inches deep and germinate in approximately 10 days. It takes approximately four months for the plant to mature, at which time we harvest and thresh the seeds.
- ALA can lower risk of coronary heart disease. Read more
- Role of flaxseed in menopausal women. Read more
- ALA improves symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis. Read more
- Role of DHA and ALA in brain development. Read more
- ALA’s role in improving vision. Read more
- Flax For Health. Read more