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August 15, 2011

Don't heat it, don't cook with it, and for heaven's sake, don't eat the seeds.

Marie asks:

I've heard some doctors say that the moment flaxseed is ground, the fatty acids start getting oxidized and 'quickly' spoils the benefit of omega-3s. I'm assuming they'd hold the same claim for the extracted oil. What are your thoughts on that?

Nope! The oil is not oxidized, but you have to take really good care of it to make sure. Don't ever buy it if it's not refrigerated at the store. Store it always in the freezer. Never heat it or cook with it. Add after removing a dish from heat, or eat on a cold dish (delicious on salads and try it on fruit! Kiwi, organic strawberries, blueberries and flax oil... amazing!) And don't eat the seeds, they're toxic. I forget why.

Don't take the pills either. They're useless.

And you're right about sunflower seeds, Todd. Unfortunately, I don't like them either. I guess I'm just not a very seedy person. :)

Posted by april at August 15, 2011 9:35 AM


Thanks! I'm sure I wasn't the only one who needed that info.
I'll take your advice until I've time to do my own lit search on that... Nothing readily appears on pubmed.

I disagree about the toxicity. According to a quick search, the main concern seems to be cyanide toxicity, and apparently you make that anyway and it's in almonds as well and we can neutralize small amounts such as in a couple Tbs of flaxseed quite well. I'll take my chances :)

Posted by: Marie at August 15, 2011 11:51 AM

wrong wrong about flax seeds! they are not toxic and where do you think they get the oil from? the seeds! Personally I have been eating 2 or 3 teaspoons ground flax seeds daily mixed in with yogourt or mixed with my morning peanut butter toast and my hot flashes are way less intense and fewer per day!

Posted by: neeters at September 6, 2011 8:29 AM

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