Brush Creek Organic Foods - Certified Organic Flaxseed - 16 oz. (435.5 g)
Flaxseeds, Brush Creek Organic Foods Organic Flaxseed all starts in North Dakota, where Brush Creek Organic Foods grows their beautiful golden flaxseed with pride. Because Brush Creek seeds are first and second generation seeds, Brush Creek is able to filter out more bitter tasting brown or green seeds. At Brush Creek, their packages consistently contain only Golden Flaxseeds, with less than 3 brown or green seeds per thousand. Brush Creek Organic Flaxseed is a superior product, in both taste and in color, very rich in soluble fiber and Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6 and 9 — a perfect complement to your daily diet! Brush Creek knows that you will appreciate its pure, golden color and delicious nutty flavor.
Using the Whole Seed for Fiber
The benefits of flaxseed in its whole seed form far surpass those of flax oil for a couple of major reasons. Just taking the flax oil doesn't provide you with the same amount of fiber, lignans and protein found in the rest of the seed. Choose whole or milled (ground) flax if you want all the health benefits and nutrition that flaxseed has to offer. Freshly ground seed includes a much higher fiber content, which is so vital to maintaining good digestive health. Because you grind the seed as needed, you avoid the oxidation of beneficial oils and are assured of freshness. Unlike oil, flaxseed has an unlimited shelf life when properly stored and protected from UV rays.
How Much Flaxseed is Best?
We recommend an average serving of 2-3 tablespoons of whole seeds daily, milled as described below. Because flaxseed fiber expands in your stomach, be sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to aid digestion.
Milling Your Flaxseed
In order to extract the most benefit from your Brush Creek Golden Flaxseeds, you should mill (grind) them fresh, just before using. Do not eat them whole, as the seeds will not break down properly and will simply pass through your system as whole seeds. Flaxseed grinders are available in specialty food shops and catalogs, but we find that a coffee grinder will also easily process the seeds. You will know that they are ground to the right consistency by the smooth whirling sound your grinder will make when done.
Storing Your Flaxseed
Unlike flax oils and premilled seed, our whole flaxseed has an unlimited shelf life. Once the package is opened, store it in a cool, dry place, protected from sunlight and the seeds will keep indefinitely. Once milled, flaxseed will keep 4-7 days in the refrigerator and at least 2 months in the freezer.
Health Benefits of Flaxseed
Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6, and 9- Our bodies need a balance of Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6 and 9, working together in a balanced ratio, to help fight against a host of health concerns, including cancers, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and more. In today's world, the average diet is actually depleted of "good" fats, due to over processing of foods. It's the omega 3s -- "good" fats -- that researchers are looking at in terms of their possible effects on lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancers, and reducing the inflammation of arthritis, as well as the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and asthma. The results of a Harvard study, published in August 2001 in the Archives of Ophthalmology, showed that people with a high intake of omega-6 (vegetable oils) were more likely to develop macular degeneration, while those with a combination of lower omega-6 intake and high omega-3 intake were less likely to have the disease.
Lignans- Lignans are phytonutrients found in the fiber portion of flax seed. Flax contains 75 - 800 times more lignans than other plant sources. Lignans are sometimes called phytoestrogens, because they weakly mimic the action of estrogenic hormones in the body. Research continues to show their potential for minimizing many of the negative effects of estrogenic hormones in humans, reducing several menopausal symptoms and reducing the risk of hormone-dependant cancers of the colon, breast and prostrate. Lignans also possess powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties associated with a lower risk of artery-clogging plaques and diabetes.
Protein & Fiber- Just one ounce (2-3 tablespoons) of ground flaxseed provides over 30% of USDA's Recommended Daily Intake of fiber. Flaxseed is almost a third (28%) fiber! According to the American Dietetic Association, dietary fiber can have a “significant impact” on the prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Because flaxseed has both soluble and insoluble fiber, it can reduce cardiovascular disease (soluble fiber) through lowered cholesterol levels. It can also aid immensely in proper digestion (insoluble fiber), thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer. Flax also contains a special fiber called mucilage, which is known to help stabilize blood sugars. Flaxseed also contains about 25grams of protein for every 100grams of seed, thus making it an easy and tasty way to ingest the protein and amino acids needed for strong and healthy functioning throughout the day.
Vitamins and Minerals- The vitamins and minerals found in flax seeds are zinc, iron, vitamin E, carotene, B-group vitamins, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silicon, copper, nickel, molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. All of these lead to a better and stronger immune system, protecting your body against illness and disease.
Oils- The naturally-occurring oils in flaxseed help to ease the symptoms of both psoriasis and dry eyes. Dry eyes are usually the result of an insufficient outer oil layer in the tear film, so the water in the tears doesn't have anything to keep it from evaporating. Omega-3 fatty acids help the oil glands produce the proper consistency of oil so it will flow from the oil glands and coat the surface of the eye. These same oils can help reduce the itching, swelling and redness associated with certain skin conditions.