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Golden Flax Seed

Flax seed is an excellent source of both fiber and essential fatty acids. The nutrient rich seeds are cold  pressed to extract the oil, which is a mixture of essential fatty acids. The fibrous meal remaining after cold pressing provides fiber and lignans.  There are still remnants of the flax oil in the meal, so it also contains some essential fatty acids. These flax seed constituents are good companions for providing important nutrients and can be taken separately or together to enjoy their health benefits.

Golden Flax Oil™, begins with independently certified organic flax seeds. This third party certification ensures that the plants are grown without using pesticides or herbicides.

To prevent oxidation, rancidity and the formation of free radicals, we exclude oxygen, and most importantly, light during manufacturing and bottling. Our black opaque bottles provide complete and continuous protection from the destructive effects of light and are flushed with inert gas to displace any remaining oxygen.

Golden Flax Meal™

Dietary fiber (also known as “roughage”) is material that remains in good part undigested.  However, it does have many benefits. Golden Flax Meal is almost 40% fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fiber, being predominantly indigestible, mostly passes through the body unchanged. It binds with water, reducing constipation. People who eat a lot of high fiber foods have lower rates of many common gastrointestinal complaints.1,2,3

Many studies have determined that soluble fiber helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels,4,5 and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.*5,6,7 

In addition to fibers (including lignans), Golden Flax Meal retains most of the nutrients in whole flax seeds including some essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. 

The plant lignans present in flax meal (43 mg per tablespoon) are fiber-like phytochemicals that are transformed into “animal” lignan in the colon by bacteria.  Lignans are naturally found in foods high in dietary fiber, and are structurally similar to estrogens.  Like natural estrogens, they can bind to estrogen receptors, but without causing abnormal changes.*8  Plant lignans have been shown to help inhibit abnormal cell growth and help the immune system do its job.*9  Flax seed is the most abundant source of lignans.

Golden Flax Oil™

The major components of all fats are fatty acids. Our bodies use many specific fatty acids to maintain normal function. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) function as building blocks in membranes of every cell in the body.*8 They also insulate nerves, cushion and protect tissues, and contribute to healthy skin and hair.* Prostaglandins,  hormone-like substances necessary for many aspects of health maintenance, are produced from EFAs.*10 All but two can be synthesized by our bodies. These two essential fatty acids come from the omega-3 and omega-6 groups. They must be obtained from foods or dietary supplements.

Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids are found in polyunsaturated fats, and are the unsaturated-cis form.  In an effort to stabilize and extend the shelf life of the more fragile polyunsaturated oils, commercial manufacturers often add hydrogen in a process called hydrogenation.  Hydrogen is forced into the fatty acid to saturate and solidify the oils.  The natural molecular shape of all chemical bonds in EFAs not filled with hydrogen is the cis form.  Fatty acids containing cis bonds are easily incorporated into the membranes of the human cells.  When subjected to hydrogenation, some of the cis bonds change to trans bonds.  These trans fatty acids have now been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.11,12

Perhaps the most important benefit of omega-3 fatty acids is their ability to strengthen the cardiovascular system.*10,11,12,13  Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.14   An excellent source of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs is Nature’s Life certified organic, unrefined Golden Flax Oil.

Hints & Recipes

Golden Flax Meal may be used as a tasty alternative to bran or psyllium seed meal. With a delicious nutty taste, Golden Flax Meal can be stirred into water or blended with fruits, cereals, yogurt, or juices.  It may also be used in cooking. Try it in muffins or other baking or as an extender in vegetable or meat loaves and patties.  Golden Flax Oil may be used in blended drinks, salad oils and baking.  The rich taste of flax oil adds a wonderful creamy taste and texture to protein shakes and enhances the flavor of salad dressings.  For copies of recipes, contact Nature’s Life.

Essential fatty acids are just that–essential for survival, and fibers are necessary for a healthy colon.* Nature’s Life golden flax seeds are an excellent source of both these nutrients.  Certified organically grown and manufactured to our strict GMPs, Golden Flax Oil, and Golden Flax Meal, can be used as a healthy source of EFAs and fiber.  Every cell in your body needs good nutrition. Get yours from a proven source of healthy, quality nutrients–Nature’s Life golden flax products.


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  2. Klurfeld, DM. Dietary Fiber-mediated Mechanisms in Carcinogenesis. Cancer Research, 1992;52(7 Sup): 2055-2059s.

  3. Mc Burney, MI and Thompson, LU.  Fermentative Characteristics of Cereal Brans and Vegetable Fibers.  Nutrition and Cancer, 199013:(271-80).

  4. Jenkins, D, et al. Effect on blood lipids of very high intakes of fiber in diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol. New England Journal of Medicine, 1993;329:21-6.

  5. McIntosh, GH, et al. Barley and Wheat foods: Influence on Plasma Cholesterol Concentrations in Hypercholesterolemic Men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1991;53:1205-9.

  6. Dietary fibre: importance of function as well as amount. Lancet, 1992;340:1133 [editorial].

  7. Jenkins, DJ, et al. Whole Meal Versus Whole Grain Breads: Proportion of Whole or Cracked Grain and the Glycemic Response. British Medical Journal, 1988;197(6654):958-60.

  8. Stevens, LJ, et al. Essential fatty acid metabolism in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. American Journal Clinical Nutrition, 1995;62;761-8.

  9. Adlercreutz, H. Does fiber-rich food containing animal lignan precursors protect against both colon and breast cancers?  An extension of the “Fiber Hypothesis.” Gastroenterol 1984;86:761-6 [editorial, review].

  10. Goodman, S. The role of Essential Fatty Acids in Cancer. International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1994:16-18.

  11. Troisi, R, et al. Trans fatty acid intake in relation to serum lipid concentrations in adult men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1992;56:1019-24.

  12. Willet, WC, et al. Intake of trans fatty acids and risk of coronary heart disease among women. Lancet, 1993;341:581-5.

  13. Mensink, RP and Katan, MB. Effect of Trans Fatty Acids on high-density and low-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol levels in healthy subjects. The New England Journal of Medicine, 1990;323(7):439-445.

  14. Innis SM. N-3 fatty acid requirements of the newborn. Lipids, 1992;27:879-85.

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