Flaxseed is not only a great source of fiber for vegans; it is the riches source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the few plant sources of Omega-3 super unsaturated fatty acids, considered the most beneficial of the essential fatty acids. ALA is converted in the body into two more biologically active Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic), the same fatty acid found in fish.
Flax also contains linolenic acid (LA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid known as Omega-6, the second most beneficial fatty acid. It is said that, ideally, body tissue should contain a ratio of 3:1 to 4:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. However, substantial evidence suggests that, because of the consumption of large amounts of fried and processed foods, the ratio of the average person is 20:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. Flaxseed oil contains approximately 60% Omega-3 to approximately 15% Omega-6 (4:1 Ratio) making it the perfect fast food to correct this ratio.
Leading Source of Lignan Phytonutrients
Flaxseed is also the richest plant source of lignans. Precisely, flax is a source of concentrated lignan precursors. Lignans are strong antioxidants and phytoestrogens (hormone-like chemicals). Flaxseed contains high levels of the plant lignan, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG) and provides 75-800 times more plant lignans than other plant sources.
Benefits of Flaxseeds:
- Low Carbs
- High Protein
- Rich Source of Omega-3
- Rich Source of Lignans
- Good Source of Dietary Fiber
- Rich Source of Antioxidants
- Gluten Free
- Trans-Fat Free
- Source of Natural Amino Acids
Vegan EFA Oils
Other great sources of vegan EFA’s are cold pressed oils (the good ones!), including organic flax seed oil, organic borage oil, organic pumpkin seed oil, organic flaxseed powder (source of lignin) and evening primrose oil. These special oils can be used on salads, in smoothies, pesto, dips, soups and over steamed vegetables for great flavor. They are not to be used for cooking or frying, but only to be added after food is removed from the heat source. Modern scientific research has concluded that many health challenges are a direct result of the substitution of hydrogenated fats and the lack of essential fatty acids in our diet. These vegan essential fatty oils are an important natural food for both adults and children that will enhance their body’s repair mechanisms, reduce inflammation, help arrest allergies, improve memory and raise our spirits!
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.