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    Old 06-23-2005, 01:49 AM   #1
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    Reply from the Flax Council re: ground or whole

    "The statement about whole seeds just passing through
    the GI tract may be true, but no one really knows
    because it has never been studied. In other words,
    there have not been any digestibility studies of whole
    flax seeds or ground flax in animals or humans.
    Common sense would tell us, though, that whole seeds
    pass through the GI tract undigested if they are not
    chewed well.

    Whole seeds have a durable coat, which protects them
    from digestive enzymes as they pass through the GI
    tract. However, even if you simply swallow seeds
    whole, you will get some benefit from flax. The
    mucilage gums in flax sit right on the surface of the
    seed coat. The gums are a type of soluble fibre and
    so help lower blood cholesterol, in addition to
    providing benefits for the function of the bowel.
    Nonetheless, with whole seeds, you will get some of
    the goodies inside the seeds, like the lignans and the
    omega-3 fat, if you chew the seeds well to shred the
    seed coat.

    To get the maximum benefit from flax, we recommend
    eating it in the ground form. Ground flax is more
    digestible, being in small pieces that are easily
    worked on by digestive enzymes. When you eat the
    ground form, you get the mucilage gums, the lignans,
    the omega-3 fat, everything!

    The statement that ground flax does not release its
    nutrients is just not true. I've been working in the
    field of flax nutrition for more than a decade. I have
    a large, extensive file on flax research, containing
    dozens of studies in animals and humans involving
    ground flax or flax oil. There is plenty of evidence
    that the nutrients in ground flax (and flax oil) are
    digested, absorbed and used by the human body.

    To take one example, the lignans in flax have been
    shown to be quite powerful anti-cancer agents. Most
    of this work was done in animals and shows that
    feeding ground flax to rats, for example, increases
    the lignan content of urine and blood, and reduces
    certain biomarkers of cancer activity. This is
    evidence that flax lignans are being digested and

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    Old 06-25-2005, 10:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Reply from the Flax Council re: ground or whole


    I have to admit, I know little about Ground Flax or Flax Seeds, but your post has helped me learn a lot more.

    Is this something you can buy in a supermarket? Or do you have to go to a health-food store?

    And do you buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself? If so, what did you buy to grind it with?

    Can you buy it pre-ground?



    Old 06-26-2005, 12:27 PM   #3
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    Re: Reply from the Flax Council re: ground or whole

    Hubble, you can buy the seeds at your local health food store and they are very cheap. I buy the seeds rather then the oil because the oil does not last long even in the fridg. I keep my seeds in the freezer even though it is not necessary to do so but I want the precious omega oils in the seeds to stay fresh. I take one heaping tbls. out and grind it in my coffee grinder and add just enough milk to moisten and a 1/4 tsp sugar and eat it like a cereal. It is great for so many things including constapation. The other day I got something from the Prevention mag. and in their ad it said this....." Suppose I told you that only 2 Tablespoons of this plant extract (Flax seed) could cancer-proof your body....erase your arthritis pain...block heart disease...end PMS and even defeat depression? Would you be interested? ". I think that is an over statement but I do know that it has been used to fight cancer and people have been cured. We know how important Omega oils are in fighting heart disease and I have heard that it is great for arthritis so they are not too far off base. This is important though, if you grind the seeds use them right away because the goodness diminishes, that is why I don't buy seeds already ground.
    Hubble, so glad about your mom, I wish her a speady recovery.

    Old 06-26-2005, 07:46 PM   #4
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    Cool Re: Reply from the Flax Council re: ground or whole

    I use a pepper grinder to grind my flax seed. It works great. I keep my seeds in the refridgerator. I grind them fresh into my Oatmeal everyday, because Oatmeal is really good with lowering cholesterol as well. I also grind flax into apple sauce and add a little cinnamon (sp?) into it, it's pretty good.

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