Flaxseed is the plant kingdom’s best source of the essential fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is converted by the body into DHA and EPA – omega-3 fatty acids that are found primarily in fatty fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel.
In addition to flax’s potent omega-3 punch, these tiny seeds are also the richest source cancer-fighting nutrients called lignans.
HEALING TIP: Because your body can’t derive the full benefit of flaxseeds if you consume them whole, grind flaxseed in a coffee grinder.
Selecting and Storing Flax
Smell flaxseed sold in bulk to ensure its freshness. Rancid flax has an odor like oil-based paint. After purchasing whole flaxseed, transfer to an airtight container and use only as much as you need at a time to ensure maximum nutritional benefits and freshness.