The richest source of ALA, in the omega 3s. Also contains high amounts of lignans and fiber. Reduces triglycerides and helps ward off cancer. This is a potent source of the â€˜fountain of youthâ€™ omega-3s. See the Omega-3s listing for more benefits of this compound.
In order to release the omega-3s, flax-seed must be ground, or chewed. Eating them whole will provide a high amount of fiber, but will not release the omega-3s. The seeds must be ground at the time you are going to eat them to get the full benefit. Pre-ground, while maybe convenient – is virtually useless.
*Omega 3 means that there are 3 compounds – see the ‘Omega 3’ listing for more information.