I was wondering about the health benefits of supplementing your diet with ground flax, and how much would be recommended daily?Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Ground flax is a great plant source of omega-3 fatty acids which have numerous health benefits including anti-oxidant effects. I’m glad you are thinking about ground flax seeds because as a whole seed, very little of the omega-3 fat is absorbed; the seed is very hard to digest by the body. You can aim to add 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed per day which provides 1.6 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). ALA is a kind of omega-3 fat. Adult males need 1.6 grams of ALA per day while adult females need 1.1 grams per day. You can top your hot or cold cereal with ground flax seed, mix it into homemade baked goods, and add it to salads or even yogurt. Keep in mind you should keep your ground flax seed in the fridge as it can go rancid easily at room temperature. If you grind it yourself, do small amounts at a time so that you use it up quickly.