The facts on flaxseed

By: April Elsegood, Aug 18, 2011

What are the benefits of flaxseed?

Learn how to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet.

Flaxseeds are little miracles. They produce oil that provides our bodies with much needed Essential Fatty Acids. The flaxseed itself also has another use in the human body, which I will address here.

Flax is the best source known to mankind of 'mammalian lignans'. Once metabolized into phytoestrogens, they have shown in clinical studies to have positive effects on some types of cancer, namely, breast and prostate. Flaxseeds appear to be anticarcinogenic (anti-cancerous) and antiproliferative effects (stops cells from multiplying) on these hormone-dependant cancers. This is probably due to the sex-hormone binding globulin contained in flaxseeds. These compounds literally attach themselves to free-circulating hormones to keep them from over-stimulating target tissues.

Suggested dosage:

2 tbsp ground flaxseed daily. Flaxseeds must be ground into a meal, as the body cannot break them down properly when they are whole! It would be hard to O.D. on this stuff, so don't be afraid to be liberal with your "tablespoons".

Possible Uses:

  • Shakes and smoothies;
  • Sprinkled on hot and cold cereal;
  • Baked into cookies, muffins, pancakes;
  • Stirred into yogurt.

Where to find whole or ground flaxseeds:

  • Bulk Barn or other bulk food retailer;
  • Online merchants (eg: Bob's Red Mill);
  • Larger grocery store chains
  • Health food stores


April Elsegood received her diploma in Orthomolecular Nutrition from the College of International Holistic Studies, near Toronto, Ontario.  Her designation of Registered Orthomolecular Nutritional Consultant (ROHP) was awarded by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). She has held an interest in health and wellness for many years. April has been fascinated by such subjects as the role of the mind in personal health, biofeedback, aromatherapy and various hands-on healing arts.  She decided to specialize in nutrition because it is an area of health where the client is actively involved in their own care; you can actively choose what you eat, drink and put into your body, how much or if you exercise, and what kinds of lifestyle activities you take part in.  April's job will be to educate, design, encourage, support and monitor…’s you, the client who will do the hands-on work and take on the responsibility for your own health!