Spotlight: Flaxseed

What is it?

It’s true, flaxseed is hardly revolutionary but it’s an old friend for a jolly good reason. It’s one of the few sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is then converted via a number of enzymatic reactions to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the omega 3 form we gain directly from oily fish.

Why we love it & key benefits

An increased level of omega 3 is associated with long term optimal health, lower incidence of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease, in addition to the maintenance of nervous system functioning.

Additionally flaxseed is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre which supports digestive function, balances hormone levels and aids in the removal of excess cholesterol. That’s before we even consider the other micronutrients including Vitamin B-1, Manganese, Magnesium, and Phosphorus which are all vital cofactors for our metabolic processes.

So even if it seems a tad passé in this world of constantly changing trends we knew it had to be there, a timeless stalwart in a world of elaborate moustaches and slightly uncomfortable fashion choices let’s say.

Ongoing research continues to confirm the potent effects of flaxseed in reducing inflammation, improving omega 3:6 ratios, and supporting the microflora (‘good bacteria’) of the gut.

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Written by Phoebe, Nutritional Therapist BSc DipNT mBANT mNNA mCNHC