Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

As a nation, we consume way too much omega-6 fatty acid and not enough omega-3. But, omega-3 is so important for our health for a number of reasons. For instance, omega-3 can reduce the risk of cancer. Several studies have shown the anti-cancer effects of omega-3. Omega-3 can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Lots of people get their omega-3 from fish and fish oils (eicosapentaenoic acid). As a vegan, I am finding flaxseeds to be a good source as well. Flaxseeds have a subtle nutty flavor. They are about the size of sesame seeds and they come in a variety of colors. Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat.

Some people take flaxseed oil, but the oil does not have all the nutrients that you find in the seeds themselves.


  1. Just started sprinkling flaxseeds on salads, etc. Getting some every day now.

  2. You can only convert about 5% of the Omega-3 fatty acids from Flaxseed (ALA). You really need to get DHA and EPA, which you can get from Salmon. I know you're vegan now, so that'll probably be hard to do. But just be aware that you may need to take a supplement. http://healthybodydaily.com/dr-oz-in-case-you-missed-it/dr-oz-omega-3-fatty-acids