Jackie of The Vegan Diet – Flax, The Seed of Ancients – “…Flax seed also contains lignans which have anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. It has far more lignans than other plant sources….Ground flax seeds or oil can be sprinkled on cereals, added to smoothies and even sprinkled on cooked veggies. You can also add ground flax seeds to bread and cake mixes…”
Flax seeds also known as linseed, have a hard shell, which depending of the variety, can be from a golden to a reddish brown. Due to the hard shell most people prefer to eat ground flax seeds. They have a wonderful nutty favor.
The seed and oil is particularly important to Vegans and vegetarians due to being the richest plant source of omega_3 fatty acids. It lowers high blood pressure, reduces the formation of blood clots therefore reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Omega_3 is also an anti-inflammatory relieving conditions like arthritis, migraines, lupus, gout and asthma. Studies have shown it to reduce bone loss. To meet your daily requirement, all that is required is one tablespoon of flax oil or two tablespoons of ground flax seed.
Flax seed also contains lignans which have anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. It has far more lignans than other plant sources.
High in soluble fiber, it is excellent in relieving constipation and IBS problems. It also is a good source of omega_6 fatty acids, manganese, copper, magnesium and vitamin B6, plus many other minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It also contains a high quality protein.
Whole flax seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool dark cupboard for over a year, but ground flax seed is preferably stored in an airtight container in the fridge to prevent it becoming rancid and should not be kept for more than 3 months. The oil must also be refrigerated and should not be kept for more than 6 weeks and must not be used used when cooking but only added afterwards.
Ground flax seeds or oil can be sprinkled on cereals, added to smoothies and even sprinkled on cooked veggies. You can also add ground flax seeds to bread and cake mixes.
Note: When first using flax seed start with small amounts, as some people find that when using it for the first few times, they experience a bloated feeling or suffer from mild flatulence.
- 8 oz Lite Soya Milk
- One banana
- 2 tbsps freshly ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp wheat germ
- sweetener to taste (optional)
- Mix together in blender or hand mixer