Benefits of Flaxseed

I’ve fed flaxseed to my horses for several years, and I recently realized I hadn’t yet written a blog post on it. Then I saw this article in a newsletter from The Holistic Horse, so I asked if I could share! 

 

 

Flaxseeds are nutritionally unique and offer health benefits not found in other commonly eaten nuts or seeds. They are a great source of fiber. Most people do not get enough fiber in their diet and just 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed contains
approximately 8 grams of fiber!

 

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The first unique feature is that flax is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. These are the “good fats” shown to have cardiovascular “healthy heart” benefits.  Numerous studies have found that Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S) provide anti inflammatory action as well as help decrease the risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). Intake of flaxseed has also been shown to decrease cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

 

The second unique feature is flaxseed contains lignans that provide antioxidant protection. Research indicates lignans help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. A study done in 2007 on menopausal women who added 2 Tablespoons of ground flax mixed into in juice, cereal or yogurt twice daily helped cut hot flashes in half and the intensity of them also dropped 57%. Lignans have also been found to prevent excessive inflammation and protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage.

 

The third unique feature is flaxseed has mucilage that can provide special support to the intestinal tract and helps improve absorption of certain nutrients in the small intestines. This greatly improves digestive health. Regular consumption of flax helps ward off colon cancer by promoting regular bowel movement and colon health by aiding in the elimination of toxins from the body.

 

We offer 5 pounds of whole organic flax seed for people $26.78 or freshly ground organic flax seed for just $30.78… a real deal. Flaxseed is best if it’s ground right before each use to retain its maximum nutritional value. We offer it whole so you can grind it fresh yourself, or if you prefer we cold stone grind it (to minimize nutrient destroying heat) the day we ship your order to you. You can store our freshly ground flax seed in the refrigerator or freezer to retain optimum freshness and nutritional value.

 

As if that’s not enough…wait there’s more! Your animals……
 
Many of the same benefits that flaxseed provides for people also apply to your animals. For horses, flax is something that can help just about every horse in some way or another. The Omega 3 fatty acids enhances overall health in horses because it helps reduce inflammation and can relieve symptoms associated with sweet itch and other skin conditions and will also promote a nice shiny coat. Because of the mucilage, it works well for sand removal for horses in lieu of psyllium.

 

Flaxseed’s anti inflammatory properties also help with arthritis or joint stiffness. It also boosts the immune system and helps regulate thyroid function, making it an ideal supplement for metabolic horses as well as aging horses. The same holds true for dogs and cats. Flax can also alleviate symptoms associated with allergies. It’s also a great digestive aid with lots of fiber. Adding whole flaxseed to poultry feed will not only produce more eggs, but great tasting larger omega rich eggs. It also helps provide strong feathers and vibrant color. Flaxseed is great for your other barnyard critters as well.

 

With all these amazing benefits why wouldn’t you and your animals eat flax?
Author: Chris Richardson

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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12 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Did I miss something. How much ground flax seed for horses?

  2. Carol says:

    The article mentions you sell ground flaxseed. Has this flaxseed been heat stabilized? Freshly ground flaxseed starts degrading immediately upon being ground. If it has not been heat stabilized it quickly loses it’s nutritional benefits.

  3. Tori says:

    This is great info about Flax! How much do you feed your horse?

  4. Carol says:

    I mix heat stabilized ground flax seed, whole flax seeds (there’s benefits to the horse for both ground and whole), raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, chia seeds, & hemp seeds. It all gets mixed together in a bucket with a tight fitting lid. Each of my five horses gets a heaping quarter-cup a day mixed in with their grain and supplements. They seem to like it. I just be sure to use at least twice as much pumpkin seeds as sunflower seeds, as sunflower seeds are high in omega 6, which is pro-inflammatory (although there’s still benefits to feeding them), and pumpkin seeds are high in omega 3, anti-inflammatory. My horses have a deep glossy coat in the summer…even my vet commented on their shiny coats this summer. Many of my neighbors give their horses flax seed and they feed between a quarter and half cup a day.

  5. Nadine says:

    The place where I board started feeding our horses (her 14 and my 1) whole flax seed about 8 months ago. They get 1/2 cup whole flax seed as part of their evening supplement bowl. I don’t know if it has done anything to help her “itchies” but her coat looks amazing!

  6. Lynn says:

    I’ve been feeding my mare 1/2 a cup of ground flax seed for years. I use Horse Tech’s Nutraflax. Have never had a problem with it going bad and it takes me about 2-3 months to get through a bag. Nutraflax has a guaranteed shelf life of 2 years. I think I read that it also helps move sand out of the gut. She love it and her coat is ‘glossy.’ Flax is great stuff!

  7. Janet says:

    Any difference in feeding ground flax or whole flax seeds?

    • Casie says:

      Ground flax is more easily absorbed by the horse’s digestive system. The seeds may pass through without being digested at all.

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