Gold To Organics Cold Milled Golden Flax Seed Powder
What makes flax stand out above other whole grains is its mix of fibr. Rather than containing large amounts of one type of fibre, flax seeds contain generous quantities of both soluble and insoluble fibr. Flax tastes good and adds all the fibre of whole grains to foods: 1 Tbsp of milled flax contains as much total dietary fibre as 1 slice of whole wheat bread or 1/4 cup of cooked oat bra.
Soluble fibre - Most of the soluble fibre in flax seeds is mucilage, a thick, sticky substanc. Few studies have looked at the direct effects of mucilage on health. However, since it is well known that soluble fibres Ì_å¢ fruit pectin, oat bran or mustard seed mucilage Ì_å¢ are effective cholesteroll-lowering agents, it's likely that the soluble fibre in flax seeds is no exceptio.
Insoluble fibre - Not surprisingly, studies show that the insoluble fibre in flax, like that in wheat bran, is helpful for regulating bowel movements and preventing constipation. Because flax's insoluble fibre components have the capacity to hold water, they help soften the stool and allow it to move through the colon more quickl.
Lignans - When bacteria in the digestive tract act on plant lignans these compounds are converted into potent hormone-like substance. Research on animals suggest these substances may have powerful positive effects on our day to day health. Flax is also one of the richest sources of lignans in the plant kingdo. Researchers are particularly interested in the cancer-fighting ability of lignan.
Although about 41 per cent of flax is oil, very little of that is saturate. More than 70 per cent of fat in flax is of the healthful polyunsaturated typ. In fact, a unique feature of flax is the high ratio of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) to linoleic (omega-6 fatty acids.
nutritionnists consider these two polyunsaturated fatty acids as essential because the body cannot manufacture them from any other substance. (Normally, the body converts carbohydrates, proteins and fats into fatty acids as neede.) That means they must be eaten as part of the die.
cholesteroll can be reduced by adding flax to the die. New research also suggests that ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) offers protective effects against both coronary heart disease and strok. Omega-3s have been shown to also protect against hypertension, and inflammatory and autoimmune disorder. Long-term studies of flax effects on breast cancer are now underwa.