The Facts on Flax

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What is flax?

Flax is a plant that has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high with blue flowers. When referring to the seeds it is known as linseed. The fibers of flax are typically grown to make linen and other textiles. Flax comes in two different types, they are brown & yellow or golden. Both types of flaxseed have similar nutritional value and equal amounts of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

What does flax do for the body?

Flax seeds contain essential fatty acids that can be converted to heart- healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats in the body. High levels of omega-3 fatty acids may benefit the heart and possess anti-cancer properties.

How flax seeds can improve overall health:

  • Reduces cancer risk
  • Restores healthy metabolism
  • Encourages weight loss
  • Helps treat high cholesterol
  • Controls constipation
  • Helps control high blood pressure
  • Aids in arthritis treatment
  • Nourishes skin, hair, & nails

Forms of Flax:

  1. Liquid Flaxseed Oil (must be refrigerated)
  2. Flaxseed Capsules
  3. Ground Flaxseed
  4. Whole Flaxseeds (these must be ground for the body to digest)
References: Nutrition Education for December 2009. Produced by Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County by Brittney van Leeuwen, a nutrition intern for Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D. For question regarding nutritional information, please contact Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D., Director of Nutrition Services for Meals on Wheels, Inc. Tarrant Country at (817) 336-0912 or email: Website: 
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