Flax – The World’s Most SUPER Superfood!
Flaxseed is all the hype these days, and for good reason. Flaxseed is a fantastic source of Omega 3s, cancer fighting lignans and antioxidants – it’s often referred to as one of the most powerful plant foods on earth (Magee, 2019). This superfood has numerous benefits, including:
- Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) – “good” fats have heart-healthy effects. A single tablespoon of flaxseed has almost 2 grams of Omega 3s.
- Lignans – shown to reduce the chance of cancer, and provide antioxidants that actively fight cancer. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than any other plant food.
- Fiber – flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is essential to gut health.
Recent studies have shown the the ALAs found in flaxseed inhibited tumor growth and even protect against certain kinds of cancers. Other studies have shown daily intake of flaxseed can:
- Prevent the hardening of arteries
- Lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol
- Improve blood sugar
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Reduce inflammation in the body
- Decrease hot flashes (Magee, 2019).
Flaxseed should definitely be a part of any health conscious lifestyle!
Whole Flaxseed vs. Ground Flaxseed
Flax seeds have a tough outer hull that keeps them from breaking down in your digestive tract (Shoemaker, 2019). To tap into all of the health benefits of this superfood, flax seeds must be ground, but be wary – many manufacturers sell flaxseed meal that has been stripped of much of its healthy qualities.
The true benefit of flaxseed lies in its oil, known as flax seed oil or linseed oil. It’s made when flax seeds are ground and then pressed to release their natural oil. Once this valuable oil has been extracted, manufacturers sell the byproduct – crushed flaxseed meal. This flaxseed meal has been stripped of much of its nutrients through the oil extraction process, and consumers are often unaware when they purchase it. Be wary and do your research on the manufacturing process before purchasing flaxseed meal at your local grocery or health food store.
The Omega Bun Effect
Here at Omega Bun, we only use “Whole-Milled Flaxseed,” which means the whole seed has been used to create the flaxseed meal. The seed, with its oil intact, is cold milled – this process ensures our products provide optimal nutrients. Just one Omega Bun contains all of the healthy benefits of flaxseed – plus so much more!
A single Omega Bun provides:
- Over 3,000mg of Omega-3 fatty acids
- Nearly 2,000mg of Omega-6 fatty acids
- 7 grams of Fiber
- 7 grams of Protein
- 215mg Phosphorus
- 273mg Potassium
- 132mg Magnesium
- 86mg Calcium
What a difference switching out your standard, empty-calorie sandwich bun for an Omega Bun can make!
Magee, E. The Benefits of Flaxseed. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of- flaxseed#1
Shoemaker, S. What’s the Best Way to Grind Flax Seeds? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-grind-flaxseeds