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Q. What are sources of Omega-3?
A. In the animal world - cold water fish is the richest source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. In the plant world - flaxseed is the richest source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. In fact ... flaxseeds contain the same ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 as does a good blend of fresh pasture grass. That's why stabilized ground flax seed is such an effective natural alternative for Insulin Resistant (IR) horses who cannot have fresh pasture grass.
Q. I am a registered dietitian and had a client tell me that she was told not to eat much of flax seed because it has high amounts of sugar. I advised her otherwise but wanted to get your thoughts.
A. Concerning the sugar content of flaxseed, an outstanding “Super Food”, we are pleased to share the very low 4.4% Non Structural Carbohydrate lab results (which is 0.6% Starch and 3.8% Sugar) for ground flaxseed.
Not only is ground flaxseed very low in sugar, but it is the highest plant-food source of crucially needed Omega-3 essential fatty acids – also rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, lignans -- and it has the best soluble fiber as well as insoluble fiber!
Additionally, for your information, please see below a reference to flax and diabetes from the book -- Flax Your Way To Better Health, pps. 44-46 .This little book was very well researched and written by Jan Reinhardt-Martin, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, who is very committed to researching the great potential of flax for the diet.
“FLAX YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH – pages 44-46”
“Flax Fights Diabetes: It has been discovered that the omega-3 fat and high fiber content in flax may play a role in the fight against diabetes. How? These substances help to control the level of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in your body. Here’s the lowdown on how this works.
Blood sugar regulation: Diabetes comes in two forms: Type I of childhood diabetes; and Type II, otherwise known as adult-onset diabetes. In both forms of the disease, the treatment goal is to bring high levels of blood sugar under control. Flax may help in reaching this treatment goal. In a 1993 study conducted by researcher of the University of Toronto, test subjects – healthy, non-diabetic people – were given one of two types of bread at breakfast. The first group got bread made with a total of about five tablespoons of ground flaxseed, while the second group got bread made with white wheat flour. The findings clearly showed that flax had an immediate impact on blood sugar levels: when tested an hour after breakfast, the blood sugar levels of subjects getting flaxseed-based bread fell 28 percent compared with their counterparts.
Two years later, the same researchers replicated their results in a somewhat longer (four weeks) trial. This time, test subjects ate either flaxseed muffins or muffins made of regular wheat-flour at breakfast. Once again, blood sugar levels in the flaxseed group were lower after breakfast.
While the researchers have clearly demonstrated that flax had a significant effect on blood sugar levels, they are still not sure just what is causing this benefit. They are beginning to suspect, however, that the water-soluble fibers in flax may play a key role. One of these fiber types, called mucilage, is contained in the outer part of the seed. When scientists take concentrated mucilage and add it to sugar water, they have found that the percentage of the sugar in the water decreases by about 27 percent! What’s happening? The high viscosity of the mucilage appears to entrap the sugar, keeping it from spreading freely throughout the water. In your body, this same effect slows the absorption of sugar, slowing its passage into the blood.
While flax certainly seems to help manage blood sugar levels for diabetics, not all forms of flax currently on the market are likely to provide the same benefit. Flax oil, for example, lacks the fibers of the flaxseed, and it appears to have no effect on blood sugar levels. So far there’s not a product that isolates the fiber from the flax, and I somehow doubt that murky mucilage or drinks based on soluble flax fiber will appeal to the designer-beverage crowd. The most palatable way to go is simply to add – you guessed it – flaxseed to your diet.
Fighting blood fats: In addition to high blood sugar, diabetics tend to have higher than normal levels of blood fats or lipids: cholesterol and triglycerides. Compounding the problem, these substances also raise the risk of heart disease, so there’s twice the reason to try to get them under control. And here, too, flax can help.
As you’ve already learned, ground flaxseed appears to have phenomenal powers to lower cholesterol and triglyceride-levels. That would appear to make flaxseed just what the doctor ordered for diabetics. On the other hand, flaxseed oil, once again, seems to be far less useful than ground flaxseed. In two University of Alberta, Canada, studies published in 1996 and 1997, diabetics supplemented their diets with either a flaxseed oil or fish oil supplement for three months. Neither of the supplements had any effect on cholesterol levels, and only the fish oil lowered triglycerides. This suggests that you’re best advised to use the more complete flaxse3ed variant rather than relying on the limited nutrients found in the oil.
Flax and insulin: Insulin is your body’s most important ally when it comes to regulating blood sugar. Insulin acts like an “usher,” escorting sugar from the blood into the body’s cells, where it can be used for energy. People with Type I diabetes, however, produce little or none of this helpful hormone. Sugar therefore builds up in the blood, and the cells don’t get the fuel they need.
In Type II diabetes, the body produces insulin, but some cells simply refuse to interact with it. When the hormone tries to transport sugar from the blood to the cells where it belongs, the cells refuse to recognize it and won’t let the sugar pass through their walls. In this case, once again, the blood sugar doesn’t get into the cells and remains in the bloodstream.
Research on animals suggest that flax is helpful in this second scenario. A South Dakota State University study, presented at the 55th Conference of the Flax Institute of the United States in 1994, found that the addition of flaxseed to a rat’s diet appears to re-sensitize “insulin resistant” receptors in the animal’s calls. This is great news for diabetics, because the more insulin receptors you have available, the better control you have over your blood sugar levels. Still, this research is only preliminary. More studies need to be done to confirm such important findings.”
Flax is one of those little gems that has been gaining in popularity. Here are just a few more of the many ways that flax can help maintain your overall health.
• Flax is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are shown to help maintain cellular fluidity. By incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, you help support your immune system and give your body tools to maintain functional integrity.
• Flax seed has one of the highest fiber contents which helps maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar stability and bowel regularity.
• Flax seed is high in phytochemicals which build the immune system and promote cellular integrity.
• Flax seed is high in lignans which help maintain female hormones, fertility integrity, pre-menopausal comfort, and breast integrity, as well as blood sugar levels.
• Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins as well as manganese and magnesium. There is scientific evidence that B vitamins support metabolism, maintain glowing skin and muscle tone, support immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth, and maintain pancreatic integrity.
Safe and convenient stabilized ground flax seed can be found in the premium supplement - Simply Omega-3
Q: Is flax sold for animal purposes lesser quality than for human purposes, i.e. is it safe for human consumption when sold for animal consumption? What is the difference?
A: Omega Fields flax is premium, non-GMO, high-quality, cleaned to 99.9% purity, human-grade flax. Our business has made the decision to use only this highest quality flax for all of our human and animal products. Feed-grade flax is a lesser quality flax that contains different percentages of Omega-3 and has a high percentage (up to 8%) of dockage. Dockage is debris from the field and can be toxic and bad tasting weed seeds, dirt, bugs, or even manure. Perhaps this is how some companies can offer such low prices