By Jennifer Rader
Since the days before King Charlemagne, flaxseed has been known to produce multiple health benefits in a range of ailments. This tiny seed, many times ground into a meal since 3000 B.C., is found to help greatly with cardiovascular disease, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, brain function, reduce internal inflammation of arthritis, weight management and improve fasting blood sugar in Type 2 diabetics. How flaxseed does this is due to its high fiber content, omega-3 fatty acids and lignan volume. How it’s done deliciously is Linwoods ground flaxseed line.
The Linwoods brand hails from Ireland. The company developed the flaxseed line in 2003 in response to several exposures to the superfood in the market. But, Linwoods went one step greater by incorporating other superfoods into the blend to make a uniquely flavored and usable product.
Linwoods sources their flaxseed from Canada where genetic modified seed (GMO) and herbicide use is stringently regulated so you know you are getting a wholesome product. Their ground flaxseed products are all cold ground to protect the nutrients of the ingredients. When seeds, nuts and berries are ground, the body absorbs them quicker and easier for nutrients to positively affect physiological systems such as the digestive and cardiovascular systems.
With six combinations accompanying organic ground flaxseed, the use of this product is as diverse as the consumer’s palate. From flaxseed, cocoa, strawberry and blueberry combination to flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed with goji berry flavor, your oatmeal, muffins and smoothies can take on a different flavor tone almost each day of the week. This reviewer is stuck on the flaxseed, almond, Brazil nut, walnut with co-enzyme Q10 mixture but definitely open to others.
Baked into muffins, the flaxseed mixes well and can go undetected yet provide additional assistance with health. In a smoothie or oatmeal, the flavors of the flaxseed combinations are noticeable. And, vegans can make a wonderful flax meal egg for your baking needs with this product because of its fine ground consistency.
The only obstacle I’ve found is locating the product locally. Currently, Linwoods flaxseed product can be found in select stores across the United States. Whole Foods Market is a known carrier in the Midwest. However, the company does take orders at their website, www.linwoodshealthfoods.com.
The cost of the ground flaxseed alone is $9.97 and the superfood combinations are $15.67 for a 15oz zippered pouch. With a large enough order, the company does provide bulk pricing and shipping breaks. And since a single tablespoon provides eight grams of fiber, you will get your money’s worth in health benefits.
A recent graduate of massage therapy, Jennifer enjoys researching and writing on holistic health and wellness. She is currently working on her massage therapy certification with the goal of working in medical massage and rehabilitation as well as with amateur athletes. She can be reached at [email protected]