Health Benefits of Ground Flaxseed

Updated on February 24, 2017
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After years of suffering from food allergies, Nancy seeks to educate others about how a eating natural diet may heal them.


Flaxseeds, also known as Linseeds, are one of the oldest crops known to humankind. Both ancient Chinese and Egyptian societies were known to cultivate them and employ it in daily life. Flax is a unique plant that is grown for use in the textile industry and a food source. It tends to do well in cooler climates around the globe. In the West, textiles that are manufactured from flax are referred to as linen; a soft material that is light weight yet durable. Linen is mainly used to make clothing, undergarments, bed sheets, and table linen. Flax seed oil is also called linseed oil.

I use flaxseed in my salad green every day and also blend them in green smoothies as seen above.

Ground Flaxseed Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 tsp.
Calories 70
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 5 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 300 mg100%
Sodium 2400 mg100%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Why Are Ground Flaxseeds So Healthy?

Dr. Axe explains that flaxseeds encompass a plethora of health benefits due to the fact that they are a rich source of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also referred to as ALA or omega-3. In addition, they are an extremely rich source of vitamin B1, dietary fiber, manganese, and micronutrients. Recent research studies have revealed that the ingestion of flaxseeds may lower the risk of some deadly diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and have many other health benefits as well. In order to obtain the majority of positive influences from flaxseed consumption, they should be eaten in ground form. Whole flaxseeds often times pass through the human digestive tract undigested, thereby canceling the positive attributes.

What Are the Health Benefits of Ground Flaxseeds?

1. Ground Flaxseeds and Cancer - According to WebMD, ground flaxseed consumption may very well help protect people from breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Some scientists believe that due to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, the wonder seed thwarts the growth of deadly malignant cells. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to prevent cancer cells from adhering onto other healthy body cells. Ground flaxseeds also contain high amounts of lignans that halt tumors from forming new blood vessels due to their anti-angiogenic properties. Basically, flaxseeds stop tumors from forming, and growing, as proven in a recent study.

The University of Toronto has found flaxseeds to slow and prevent breast cancer in animals. Further testing in humans are being done.

Flaxseeds are recommended for heart disease prevention when patients cannot consume fish oil or Statins.
Flaxseeds are recommended for heart disease prevention when patients cannot consume fish oil or Statins. | Source

2. Ground flaxseeds contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, a nutritional supplement that has been proven to generate tremendous cardiovascular benefits since it lowers cholesterol, and unclogs arteries. The medical community has been promoting marine products, such as fish, and fish oil containing Omega-3 fatty acids, for years. However, many people do not like the taste of fish, and nasty side effects of fish oil pills. Ground flaxseeds are the perfect alternative because they are extremely high in fatty acids. Scientists recently advocated the use of ground flaxseeds to fight the harmful properties of cardiovascular disease. Some researchers have proposed that ground flaxseed is a great replacement for people that cannot take Statins such as Lipitor.

Flaxseed has been proven to control blood sugar levels for some diabetics.
Flaxseed has been proven to control blood sugar levels for some diabetics. | Source

3. Recent evidence has proven that consuming ground flaxseeds on a daily basis helps to reduce blood sugar levels, which can aid in the treatment of type 2 Diabetes, and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals such as insulin shots and pills. In addition, ground flaxseeds are low in sugar, and provide the stomach with the feeling of being full due to their high fiber content. This benefit assists Diabetics because they often times suffer from a condition where extreme hunger sets in when blood sugar levels are elevated. Eating comforting foods that are high in carbohydrates spike glucose levels even further causing sufferers to worsen their condition. It is highly suggested that Diabetics consume ground flaxseeds to help eliminate this problem. Regarding people that are on the borderline of obtaining this deadly disease, ingesting ground flaxseeds reduces the chances because of the positive effects on blood sugar control.


4. Reported on GreenMedInfo, a recent study suggests that intake of ground flaxseed may protect skin tissues from the damaging side effects of radiation. The strong anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties alleviate, and protect against harmful radiation. For those that reside near a nuclear power plant or near power lines, you may be receiving trace amounts of radiation. Ground Flaxseed may protect you from these harmful effects.

Benefits of Flaxseeds are further explained in this video.

5. Ground flaxseed is used in the treatment for upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and sore throats. Some people apply it to their skin to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, and burns. Other uses include the reduction of the symptoms of menopause, breast pain, kidney problems, and attention deficit disorder. Some even use ground flaxseed to help with weight loss, treatment of obesity, depression, bladder infections, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, strengthening of bones, and the prevention of hot flashes.


6. Ground flaxseed is helpful in treating conditions related to the gastrointestinal tract. These include diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable colon, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), inflammation of the lining of the large intestine (diverticulitis), inflammation of the small intestine (enteritis), sores in the lining of the large intestine (ulcerative colitis), and last but not least, colon damage due to overuse of laxatives.

7. Flaxseed is by far one of the best sources of lignans, which are a major class of phytoestrogens, an estrogen-like chemical compound that contain antioxidant qualities. They are able to help keep people healthy by pursuing free radicals in the body.

Human Digestive Tract
Human Digestive Tract | Source

8. Flaxseeds are rich in both soluble, and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, while insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. When a soluble fiber dissolves in water, it creates a jell-like substance that aids in the reduction of both blood glucose, and cholesterol levels. Insoluble Fiber absorbs fiber, much like a sponge, adding bulk to the digestive tract to help things move through the system quickly.

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9. Flaxseeds possess Omega-3 fatty acids which the human body requires. Omega-3 fatty acids, otherwise known as good fats, however people do not produce them. It is critically important to eat foods high in fatty acids in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Yellow (Golden Flaxseed)
Yellow (Golden Flaxseed) | Source

How To Prepare and Store Ground Flaxseeds

There are two types of flaxseed, golden and brown. They are extremely similar, and both contain the same amount of necessary Omega-3 fatty acids, so it does not make much difference which one you purchase. In order to obtain the full benefits, it is extremely important that you either buy ground flaxseeds or grind them yourself. It is easier to buy flaxseeds that are already ground, but those are not generally available in local stores.

Ground flaxseed is known to go rancid, so grind a small bowl full at a time and freeze the rest. Flaxseeds are very good in a salad or smoothie having a nutty taste.

Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce (Pack of 1)
Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce (Pack of 1)
I personally eat the Spectrum brand of ground flaxseed. I find that the taste is nutty and excellent when added to a salad or smoothie.


Ground flaxseeds are an abundant source of fatty acids, which provide the body with amazing health benefits. They are also a terrific source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and are extremely low in both cholesterol, and sodium. In my opinion, flaxseeds are a super food.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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    • Lipnancy profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Yager 

      2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Glad you enjoyed.

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      Billie Raucci 

      2 years ago from Illinois

      Very informative. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lipnancy profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Yager 

      4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Always change your habits slowly and never stress about it.

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      4 years ago from USA

      I know I should. Now let me see if I can.

    • Lipnancy profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Yager 

      4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Good for you. I put them in my green drink and in salads.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A well-written hub that reminds us of the benefits of flax seeds for our health. Now I remember why I use them in my breakfast!

    • Lipnancy profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Yager 

      4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I hope this can help you.

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      Howard Schneider 

      4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Nancy. I am always looking for great natural ways to improve and maintain my health.


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