Flax seeds are the little golden or reddish-brown seeds that come from the flax plant. Since flax is a member of the genus Linum in the Linaceae plant family, you might also see flax seeds referred to as linseeds. Historically, flax is cultivated in the world’s cooler regions.
Organic brown flax seed is harvested for its seeds and its abundant fiber content. Organic flax seeds happen to be just slightly larger than your average sesame seed. They’ve been a long-time superfood as they also contain a good number of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans.1
Who knew such a tiny seed could have such a powerful impact on your digestive health? Organic flax seeds are great baked into your favorite lectin-free snacks.
Believe it or not, organic flax seeds have been consumed since the dawn of time. At least it seems that way. Flax seeds were cultivated in Babylon’s ancient city (in modern-day Iraq) since as early as 3000 BC.2
And in the 700s AD, the medieval emperor Charles the Great was so interested in organic flax seeds’ health benefits; he required the subjects of his kingdom to consume them. But contemporary researchers believe Charles the Great was onto something.3
Flax hails primarily from Southern Europe and Asia. Among other beneficial compounds, they contain phytoestrogens similar to the estrogen hormone. But their advantageous characteristics don’t end there.4
Organic flax seeds are fantastic sources of both dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Most of the fiber of the flax seed can be found in its protective seed coat. Research has shown that flax seed fiber can help make people feel less hungry when taken before a meal, meaning they may eat less at mealtime. Also, the soluble fiber in flax seeds absorb water and slow the process of digestion. 5 †, 6†
When examining the power of flax’s omega-3 fatty acids, you’ll note it’s filled to the brim with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). And if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll come to rely on flax seeds as among the richest plant sources of alpha-linolenic acid.
Flax seeds contain compounds called lignans, and they possess excellent antioxidant capabilities. Lignans may help support your body’s defense against free radicals. Flax contains up to 800 times more lignans than almost any other plant food. 7†
Finally, organic flax seeds yield a significant amount of protein and other important nutrients. In fact, flax seeds offer more potassium per serving than the ever-popular potassium-rich banana. Potassium is essential when it comes to helping support muscle and cell function and helping to support healthy blood pressure levels already within normal range. 8†
Here’s a more detailed look at the nutritional value of flax seeds:
- Dietary Fiber 45.9 g
- Protein 30.7 g
- Monounsaturated Fat 12.6 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat 48.3 g
- Total Carbohydrate 48.5 g
- Sugars 2.6 g
- Cholesterol 0.0
- Potassium 1366 mg
- Calcium 428 mg
- Iron 9.6 mg
- Magnesium 658 mg
- Zinc 7.3 mg
- Vitamin C 1.0 mg
- Vitamin E 0.5 mg
- Vitamin K 7.2 mcg
- Thiamin 2.8 mg
- Riboflavin 0.3 mg
- Niacin 5.2 mg 9
Organic Flax Seeds make up a significant portion of the Gundry MD Vital Reds formula. Along with other ingredients like Aronia berries and green tea extract, the components of Vital Reds come together in a tasty berry-flavored supplement formulated to help support your overall digestive health.
A daily scoop of Vital Reds combines well with yogurt, smoothies, plant-based milk, or even your lectin-free baking flour. Just take a glance at the customer reviews on the Gundry MD Vital Reds page to see the different ways you can use Vital Reds.
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