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by 343 · December 08, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Hi everyone, A quick-and-dirty about flax: I like to keep my carbs in the morning nil-to-low. However, I have this genetic condition: I'm Scottish, which means sometimes I medically require porridge (or at least a passable substitute). So,... (more)

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Elizabeth_12 0 · December 08, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Thanks, @Janknitz. Not really what I wanted to hear but it sounds like advice I shouldn't ignore! My menstrual cycle is erratic and unpredictable... hmmmmm.

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by 15 · March 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

For the past 2-3 months I have been taking 1-2 tbsps of flaxseed daily (usually just one) so that I can get more omega 3's. I understand, however, that our bodies can't convert all the omegas from flax so I do take fish oil as well and incorporate... (more)

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TnT 0 · March 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Yes: flax is a potent enough source of plant estrogen to disrupt your normal cycles and cause other side effects associated with fluctuating estrogen levels (i.e. acne, bloating, emotional disturbances, etc.). If you have any disorders that... (more)

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by 820 · December 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

people say ALA isn't very bioavailable but doesn't it convert to omega 3 in the body? i have reservations about consuming too much fish or fish oil. there are some nasty contaminants in the oceans. are flax seeds ok?

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Janknitz 0 · December 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Beware the phytoestrogens in flax. I turned out to be sensitive to them and had uncontrolled bleeding. If you are taking large amounts of flax to try to get enough Omega 3, this may be a problem. Some fish oil sources are tested and found to... (more)

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by 3365 · March 29, 2013 at 4:34 AM

I did a forum search, and there were a lot of threads on flax. I tried sifting through some of it, but wasn't really getting what I'm after. Is anyone well-versed enough on the matter to just drop some science on why flax Omegas (ALA, more... (more)

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Genevieve_1 0 · March 29, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Although not a reliable source of information, I was reading the labels on protein powders at the grocery store today. And one of them mentioned that flax can interrupt absorption of B vitamins and even production of thyroid hormones. SHOCKING!!!... (more)

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by 0 · December 08, 2012 at 7:26 AM

I recently ran across a local product called Anderssen's Life Flax Rolls and was intrigued as we are really trying to up our Omega 3s. We are Paleo about 95% of the time and try to make as most of our food from scratch. Its ski season though and I... (more)

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VB 0 · December 08, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Advertising? I would not eat them. Not because they are made of rye. Just because they look disgusting. There are so many healthier, better ways to eat vegetables and meat than spending money on some rye and flax wrap. You can use regular... (more)

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by 548 · December 06, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I'm working with a naturopath to help me solve my constipation issues. As one of the steps, she's asked that I ensure to get 40g of fiber per day and include either oat bran, rice bran, or freshly ground flax as part of my daily diet. Which of... (more)

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MG_1 0 · December 01, 2012 at 9:46 PM

My 2 cents: I used to stir about 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground flax into a tall glass of water with fresh lemon juice and drink it down every morning upon rising. I couldn't quantify any objective results from this, but I felt great and kept... (more)

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by 0 · November 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

So, what's the word on flax milk?

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Undercurrent 0 · November 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Why searching for milk? Make your own water kefir, use it for smoothies... Perfect!

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by 549 · November 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Apparently there is a different kind of flax seed called linola that has ~2% ALA and ~75% GLA the rest are SFA and MUFA. This different lipid profile has also added to its oxidative stability. None of the other nutrients were changed in quantity... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · October 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I don't understand. Linola seems to be bred to be high in linoleic acid (LA - omega 6) and low in linolenic acid (ALA - omega 3). Why is this good? http://www.ienica.net/crops/linola.htm (more)

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by 14507 · April 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Okay, so usually I get these eggs from Whole Foods called Vital Farms which claim they only feed the hens their natural diet of organic pasture and bugs (and by the yolk color I don't doubt it). However, yesterday they were out, and I was too, so... (more)

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thegiantess 0 · April 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I cannot say for sure, but I doubt the lignans remain in the egg because the lignans are found only in the fiber structure of the flax seed. The eggs should contain both ALA and DHA.

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by 90 · April 02, 2014 at 4:03 AM

I see a lot of people eating primal/paleo include flax seed in their diets. It's something I'm a bit leery of and am looking for some studies on the effects of flax, especially on the reproductive system, but the effects in general as well. (P.S.... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 09, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Funny enough, flax seeds aren't actually high in Omega-3 FAs. They are high in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which is a precursor to Omega-3 production in the body. Flax is suggested for pregnant women because some people believe that it basically... (more)

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by 1098 · February 05, 2012 at 1:50 AM

I was glad to see this study come out a couple of days ago: Flaxseed dietary fibers lower cholesterol and increase fecal fat excretion, but magnitude of effect depend on food type I'm wondering a couple of things, though: Would baking vs. raw... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · February 05, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Simple. Flax makes you lower your food reward by tasting like butt. You eat less, you get lower cholesterol.

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by 123 · September 02, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I have seen chia smoothies around a number of paleo cooking pages, as well as other recipies that use chia as a 'gelling' agent to make pudding/jelly like deserts. Is breaking (or blending) chia and letting them soak to a gel the best way of... (more)

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fromthericefields 0 · August 05, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Chia can be digested soaked or not soaked, it does not really matter if they are soaked or not, although nutritional benefits will increase slightly if soaked.

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by 5002 · March 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I've been consuming two tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day. (Fwiw, this is how I believe Seth Roberts takes his flax, which I privilege because his self-experimental results are impressive.) Previous threads suggest that flax should be... (more)

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moors 0 · March 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Not all phytoestrogens are same. Flaxseeds are such a source of lignans that nothing else comes close in it, and they are antiestrogenic, so much that they are compared to... (more)

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by 5002 · June 21, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I'd like to diversify my n-3 supplementation by using flax instead of fish oil a few times a week. Other posts have noted the unique benefits that flax has over fish, though my impression is that overall fish is superior. I've noticed, however,... (more)

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James_3 0 · May 11, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Like fish oil, you have to take a bunch of pills to equal one tablespoon of oil. So it's a bit more cost effective getting the oil vs the pills for high supplementation. Plus, the oil is usually fresher than the pills (and you can easily tell... (more)

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by 123 · December 07, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Pretty much all the market "High Omega 3 Eggs" are produced by feeding the chickens flax seed meal. I think it's well known that the omega 3 from flax is absorbed poorly by our body and is inferior to fish oil in every aspect. So is there some... (more)

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Alx 0 · September 07, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I get so frustrated with Flax. Lets be honest, flax really damages some people's health. Its been pulled from the market before. For some its extremely inflammatory. My own experience, and I've tried every form of flax I could find, is... (more)

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by 323 · March 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I've noticed that whenever I use flax seed oil I get some acne. Obviously, it sucks. Has anyone noticed this? Is there a correlation, or is it coincidence? I love me my healthy fats but not a big acne fan lol Thanks!

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Dave_S_ 0 · December 02, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Sorry, I don't know about the acne connection. But I doubt many here would consider flax oil to be "healthy" or "paleo". The view on flax oil has changed a bit in the last couple of years after it was found out that very little of the ALA is... (more)

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by 24343 · October 06, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Flax, canola, and friends have lots of ALA that doesn't get converted to DHA/EPA. What if anything does it get converted to, and is the end product good, bad, or neutral? (P.S. I'm not looking for "PUFA gets oxidized!!!")

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Jay_9 0 · October 06, 2010 at 8:14 PM

AKAIK, PUFAs are used by the body mainly (i) to make signaling molecules, (ii) as part of cell membranes, and (iii) as food. Short-chain (i.e., ALA and LA) PUFAs can be used for (ii) and (iii) or they can be converted into long-chain PUFAs to... (more)

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by 294 · January 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I've been eating a sort of flax seed meal "porridge" frequently for breakfast (4-5 times a week). While I used to make bread out of solely flax seed meal, I cut back because of the warning about eating too much. I usually have 2 servings (1/4 cup)... (more)

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Syed 0 · January 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Hi.. i know i saw this too late but here are my 2 cents. The difference between flax seeds and flax seed oil is that flax seed oil only provides you omega 3, however, flax seeds provide you source of fiber too. As for recommended daily intake, 1.6... (more)