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    Tristan Phillips is offline Senior Member
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    Default flax seed? flax powder? ground? milled?

    Is there any significant difference between the different varieties of flax? I've rotated through flax powder, flax seed, ground, milled. I haven't noticed too much of a difference outside of the fact that flax seed sticks to the inside of my shaker/blender more than the powder does.

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    When I was competing in fitness shows, my consultant told me that you can get benefit from whole flax seeds to help with digestion bc your body cant break them down as well as a use for ground bc then you can use more of the nutrients once the seed is opened.
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    If you don't grind them up, your body can't digest the contents and they will pass out of your system undigested. Your body can't break down the fibrous coat and the only benefit you would get is the extra fiber. You could actually plant them after they pass through and grow a flax plant.

    You have to break the shell to get to the fatty acids, but they degrade very rapidly after ground up. The seeds keep for a long time as long as you don't grind them.

    Your best bet is to grind them up when you plan on consuming them, but only the amount you plan on consuming.

    I good source on fatty acids is Udo Erasmus's book- Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill

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    Kai Johnson is offline Senior Member
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    I've been taking in at least 2 tablespoons of milled flax seed a day.

    From what I've read it is a superior form of fiber in its balance between soluble and unsoluble types of fiber goes as well as being an antioxident and good source of fatty acids.

    I also take fish oil with my meals as well. It seems to be a great combo.

    The seeds in themselves would act as fiber but you won't be able to absorb them into your system.

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    Flax seeds are a great food, but as mentioned, they need to be ground. However, avoid the pre-ground seeds, as flax loses much of its nutrient value within a few days, as the fats go rancid very quickly. For maximum benefit, grind them fresh right before using them. They can be kept ground in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, but after that they should be discarded. Hemp and chia seeds are also great options.

    While flax is a great source of omega 3's, plant sources aren't as good as animal sources. Plant sources have LA and ALA, which have to be converted to EPA and DHEA by your body. Animal sources have EPA and DHEA. However, while fish have a lot of omega 3's, due to heavy metal contamination, they aren't safe to eat. Krill oil supplements are the best source, since they're more bio-available than fish oil, and they last longer.

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