flax seed = dietary fiber = radiant skin

Do you understand how the dietary fiber in flax seed supports radiant health?

A really important health strategy we’d like to share with you: consume one heaping tablespoon of flax seeds that have been germinated (soaked) for 24 hours. Notice we did NOT say ground flax seed.

flax seed = dietary fiber = radiant skin

before and after soaking

What’s wrong with Ground Flax Seed?

The natural food marketplace is awash with flax fiber and ground flax seed in everything from bread to dog treats. This folly (ground flax seed) accelerates every year in spite of the massive documentation that even rats and other rodents cannot chew flax seeds well enough to get anything out of them, unless they are germinated. The information on the shortcoming of ground flax seed is nothing new – it’s been available for over 20 years. We consider their inclusion in so many foods exploitation of the buying public. This causes us to wonder about the intelligence and/or the integrity of the people designing and marketing these products.

The dietary fiber from soaked flax seed can be a life changer.

Flax seed has one of the highest dietary fiber contents of any food. it varies between 22% to 26%. This is twice the percentage of high fiber beans. A half ounce of dry whole flax seed provides between 20% and 25% of your daily fiber needs. The sad fact is, this much dietary fiber is more than what most people consume daily. If you’re consuming the SAD diet (standard American diet) this will probably more than double your present dietary fiber intake. You could spend hundreds of dollars a month on supplements, and not achieve the radiant health that you would from a small amount of soaked flax seeds daily.

This recommendation is quite ordinary, inexpensive and simple. Many people with elimination problems that have profoundly affected their health and enjoyment of life, have been healed with soaked flax seeds. This little known remedy has worked for many people that have consulted health practitioners of all descriptions, and tried a broad variety of pharmaceutical and natural cures to no avail. The fiber in flax seed is impervious to chewing, grinding and digestion until it is germinated. Soaked flax seeds are well-absorbed and act as a mild natural “broom” in the colon.

There are literally hundreds of studies on the benefits of flax seed oil. This essential fatty acid has helped many people who have a history of consuming trans fatty acids (TFA). TFAs include hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in frying, processed foods, and margarine. Nearly all of us have had too much of TFAs. With flax seeds, while not having the ideal omega 3 to 6 ratio, their consumption is well justified by how well they offset the effects of TFA consumption.

Soaked Flax Seeds cost pennies a day and offer many benefits.

At $2.75/lb and 32 servings/lb, this equals about 8.5 cents/serving (based on 1 heaping Tablespoon=0.5oz). This is a very economical way that provides you with soluble and insoluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans. These lignans have been linked to many health benefits and seem to offer a substantial reduction to the occurrence of breast cancer, as well as reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading, if it does occur.

How To Prepare Flax Seeds:

Add a heaping tablespoon of Whole Flax Seeds (avoid ground flax seed) to approximately 2.5 fl.oz. pure water. Cover and leave 24 hrs. – room or fridge temperature are ok. Do this immediately after eating your flax seed-water mixture, so it will be ready for the next morning’s portion.

Soaked flax seeds work well in fruit smoothies (click for that recipe), one of our favorite, simple, inexpensive strategies for radiant health. The gelatinous texture isn’t noticeable in the smoothie.

If you start soaking tomorrow’s seeds today right after consuming today’s seeds, the total prep time for this is under 2 minutes. This costs practically nothing – takes less than 2 minutes – and will result in increase of energy & vitality, longevity.

Most excuses people offer for not consuming soaked flax seeds are silly and don’t make sense, considering all the benefits. When you consider the people who regularly go through costly and invasive colonics, or use expensive, often harsh herbal or chemical laxatives, it’s obvious they don’t want a simple, cheap, or easy solution to their elimination and skin conditions.

Do you?

If you find value in this post and want to take your diet, health and nutrition to the next level, we suggest you read the comments thread below.


  1. Vassilka says:

    I am bewildered! Soak and get cyanides??- according to
    They speak of horses’ feed, but should be equally valid for human food:
    “…Contrary to popular belief, flax seed doesn’t need to be soaked or boiled before feeding.
    The belief that flax needs to be soaked or boiled before being fed comes from the fact that the seeds contain components of cyanide, which is toxic.
    However, the two components of cyanide that are found in flax are stored in different parts of the seed, never touching each other, and therefore never able to create cyanide.
    Any contact with water (including boiling or soaking) brings the two components together, creating cyanide — so the “prevention” to make the seeds “safe” actually is more dangerous than feeding them unboiled or unsoaked. (Note that saliva, stomach acid, and other digestive juices break the two components up before they could ever become joined and create cyanide within the horse’s digestive tract.)
    Soaked is actually one of the most dangerous ways to feed flax, as the cyanide is created and left standing in the water and flax…”
    Is that true? are there any chemical (scientific) investigations?

    • admin says:

      If you had read the entire horse article, it explains that cyanide is not bioaccumulative – that is, it does not accumulate or build up in your body. It states simply that if an exposure to cyanide does not kill you outright, it does you little or no harm. It also makes reference to the fact that this is not the only dietary source of cyanide that we are exposed to on a daily basis. When you only understand half the truth, in many situations unnecessary fear and concern can be generated.

      In the horse article, it says that some seeds come out whole through the digestive tract and are seen in the manure…and the rest are completely digested. This doesn’t make sense. There are scientific studies that I’ve read in the past (which I will try to located for you) that have proven that rats (monogastric animals like horses and humans) cannot absorb much nutrition from whole, unsoaked flax seeds. Horses and rats probably chew a whole lot better than most people do, so humans probably get the least out of whole unsoaked flax seeds.

      As stated in our post, many people with chronic elimination problems causing them to have a very poor quality of life, have had their health restored by eating soaked flax seeds.

      Most health experts agree that alcohol is not a healthy substance to ingest in a regular basis. Very few of us understand that the human liver produces a significant amount of ethyl alcohol (booze) every day. But it’s within a level that our body can handle. We urge people not to supplement that which the liver produces. This proves that our body produces and/or can handle substances which if taken in large enough quantities can be harmful, if not fatal.

      You don’t need to be frightened or bewildered. If you choose not to do it, that’s ok. But being fearful of food is probably not very good for you. I know that apple seeds have arsenic in them, but I think the good outweighs the bad and I eat the apple seeds.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you Steven, do you rinse it after soaking?

    • admin says:

      No rinsing at all. The water you soak in becomes gelled with the seeds in it, you’ll see. That gel is part of what we are to eat.

  3. Elisa says:

    Do you happen to know what a serving size would be for a dog or a horse? I’m interested in starting to feed my animals as well as myself soaked flax seed oil!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for this excellent question Elisa.
      Dogs can vary in size from tiny to large great danes and mastiffs (close to 200lb). For a 10 lb dog, soak 1 Dry Heaping Teaspoon. For a 30 lb dog, probably 1 Tablespooon. For larger dogs, 2-3 Tablespoons depending on the size of the “brute.”

      For a full size horse, soak 4-5 Tablespoons of dry flax seed. For both dogs and horses, it’s probably best to start small and gradually increase the portion size.
      There is a lot of oil in flax seeds and this may loosen the stools, or cause full-blown diarrhea, so start small and work up.

      Dogs are better equipped for eating oily foods. But horses do get a fair amount of oil from whole grains (wheat & oat germ oil, etc.).

  4. rensley brown says:

    what do you do with the seed after soaking

    • admin says:

      After soaking about 24 hrs, you eat it! Some people add it to fruit smoothies… but most just eat by the spoonful (what we do). The amount is just a few spoonfuls as it is, kind of gel-like. The seeds are suspended in the gel that’s produced when they absorb the water – so eat it all, seeds & gel. There isn’t a memorable taste to it.

  5. mark says:

    Does one have to chew the gelled seeds or is just swallowing them with the water adaquite?
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Just swallowing them is adequate. You’ll find out they’ll slip out from the grip of teeth!
      Also, we’ve been mixing brown and golden flax seeds and they both have the same effect.

  6. Kate says:

    Hello flax seed lovers! I am wondering how much soaked flax seed is too much, I have really been enjoying it and I don’t want to go overboard!

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to give an exact answer to your question because there are many variables in people’s diets. It is possible to take in too much essential fatty acids (oils). Most people don’t have enough omega 3’s that flax seeds offer. If you’re eating significant quantity of fish, particularly cold water seafood, you should limit the amount of soaked flax seeds you consume. Most people could get only benefits from as much as 6 Tablespoons of dry flax seeds soaked per day. Once again, the whole dietary picture has to be considered. Large quantities of soaked flax seeds will provide more than an adequate level of fiber. But it’s hard to consume more fiber than your body can handle from this source. If you increase your lipid intake (oils) to too high of a level, or too rapidly, loose stools and diarrhea will result. If you listen to your body you’ll know if you’re getting in balance.

  7. Shane says:

    Hi there,

    I was wondering is it ok to soak/germinate several different type of seeds at once? For example I have started soaking Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds together. Is there any harm in this ?

    Also there an optimum time to eat soaked flax seeds? I.e. one hour after dinner?


    • admin says:

      Thanks Shane for your question…we’ve just moved our household and business 800 miles in the last week, which explains for our tardy response.
      The optimal time to eat soaked flax seeds is in the morning with breakfast. The optimal soaking period for flax seeds is 24 hrs; so as it says in the post, once you consume them, start the next portion soaking.
      The other seeds you’ve mentioned have an optimal soaking duration of about 12 hrs. Over-soaking kills the germinal life within the seed; hence they’re no longer a live food. Live foods contain enzymes that substantially assist in their own digestion.

      Keep the questions coming everyone!

  8. Fusun Sulzbach says:

    I had been adding ground flax to cereal and oatmeal during the school year, and stopped doing that in the summer and noticed a significant decrease in my elimination output. So, for me ground flax seed seemed to work. Perhaps I was also consuming more fiber in other sources. I will try soaking the flaxseed and adding it to my protein drink. Could you send scientific documnetation concerning ground flax seed?? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Fusun,
      The advantage of soaking the flax seeds whole is that the valuable essential oils (rich in omega-3) are absorbed when you consume it. Ground flax seeds offer fiber, and ONLY fiber. They have the nutritional impact of consuming sawdust, which isn’t bad if all you want is fiber and a bulking agent for elimination. People with inflammatory bowel disorders, diverticulosis and other colon problems cannot tolerate the harsh scrubbing effect of ground raw flax seeds.

      To find scientific studies and documentation on any topic you choose, go to scholar.google.com and you will find an abundance of studies on this topic. Keywords we used: “ground flax seed absorption of essential fatty acids” or “soaked flax seed, absorption of essential fatty acids”
      As a student, I’m sure you’ll find this to be a very valuable resource to educate yourself on any topic you choose.

  9. Tammy says:

    Hey there, I have been experimenting with various enjoyable ways of eating soaked linseed, at the same time as im working on a health overhaul & increased training programme. I found this conversation because I wanted to study more into the benefits of soaked seeds & nutrition. I believe it’s a huge link to great nutritional health. I have been making a small jar of soaked linseed with chia, almonds & sometimes sesame seed. I make enough for 3 days use, refrigerating after the first 24 hrs. I start my day on a smoothie with 2heaped tablespoons of all seeds & half a frozen banana & blueberries. That’s my pre workout smoothie, sometimes laced with Makka powder or Sacha Inichi powder. Sometimes I add the wizzed up soaked seeds to millet & banana porridge with tahini & honey. My daughter loves this with a dash of good yoghurt. Lastly I grind all soaked seeds in my Oscar juicer & make a paste that I blend with sprouts,raw sunflower, almond, cocoa nib, Sacha Inichi powder & chopped fresh dates & apricots. I form into ‘cookies’ dust with coconut & dehydrate slightly to keep. These are my ‘protein cookies’ for instant post workout snacks. Just wanted to share some of my joy in these magic under rated seeds. I see the major benefit of sprouting being in the transformation of carbs into complex ammino acids & proteins. & in being as raw as possible with my diet. People do comment on my skin although i think thats due to a huge combination of healthy practices. Myself & kids are gluten intolerant. Please give me any feedback on these ideas..ps I only ever suggest using organic produce for max benefit. 😉

    • admin says:

      Hi Tammy,
      The health benefits of consuming soaked seeds are revealed in the Old Testament, in the book of Daniel. Daniel and his friends stayed extremely healthy eating a diet exclusively of what is referred to as “pulse” (soaked seeds). People seem to lose or forget precious and simple things, and this is clearly one of them.

      When combining foods, even raw foods, it’s best to combine foods that take approximately the same time to digest. Some of the combinations you’ve described sound delicious and nutritious, but there are benefits to being careful about food combinations. Having said that, I must point out – fruit smoothies with soaked flax seeds is far from perfect food combining.

      We’re only bringing this up because it’s obvious that you’re really trying to do things in a very optimal way. We suggest focusing on how your digestive tract feels with different food combinations. Not only for the aforementioned food combining issue, but it is little known that food combinations can trigger allergies. When none of the foods in the combination are consumed separately are allergens.

      An example of this is a young lady who did well with raw yogurt and cucumbers separately. But when consumed tzatziki (the Greek dish), she had a very profound allergic response. A technique that has worked for many people is to hold a food (or combination of foods) under the tongue for a couple of minutes. Often if the food/combination is not just right for you, you’ll feel compelled to spit it out!!

      If people regularly did this, the fast food chains would probably disappear quickly and the soda pop industry would dry up and leave a bad residue !

      We should listen to our bodies – they’re often less confused than our minds.

      • Tammy says:

        Thank you for the feedback. I do agree with your suggestion of not adding the fruit, I am quite keen on also eliminating as much hidden sugars from my diet. I find this combo surprisingly soothing but it’s probably due to the awesome intestinal pampering of the linseed. I have a terrible sweet tooth & it’s my demise & constant battle. I will try to enjoy the favour of ‘naked’ seeds more. Thanks again!

      • Stephanie says:

        I’m confused by your comment above “I must point out – fruit smoothies with soaked flax seeds is far from perfect food combining.” as you put them in your fruit smoothie recipe at http://skinofgold.com/vibrant-skin-and-smoothies – What am I missing here?
        Having said that, I must thank you for your advice re soaking the flax seeds. I make a raw porridge with chia and flax seeds and oatmeal. Now I’ll be adding my flax seeds soaked from now on. Thanks again to you.

        • admin says:

          For those people who have problems with digestion, proper food combining is very important. As my comment pointed out, the fruit smoothies with flax seed are less than perfect. They are a very adequate, healthy and enjoyable substitution for bacon & eggs, pop tarts, and egg mcmuffins. Of course these are extreme examples of bad choices for breakfast; unfortunately they’re all too popular.

          The fruit smoothie with flax seeds, though not perfect, really do a good job in supplying vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and digestible & indigestible fiber. It’s not perfect but pretty darn good.

          Lately, we’ve been soaking chia seeds with the flax. Are you familiar with the book “Nourishing Traditions?” I thought of it when you wrote about raw oatmeal. Soaking grains overnight with water and whey breaks down the indigestible elements. Perhaps you’re aware of this.

          • Stephanie says:

            Thank you for the clarification 🙂 This morning when I went to soak the flaxseeds I picked up my jar of chia seeds instead and wondered how they’d be together. Thanks for the tip. I’ll soak them together now. And perhaps add them to my oats when I soak them at night as well. And no, I hadn’t heard of “Nourishing Traditions”. I just googled it and see it’s a must have for me and my family and friends. I’ll pass it around. Again, thank you for a wonderful post, and the way you answer the questions. Truly informative and helpful, and definitely healthful as well!

          • admin says:

            Very glad you’re benefiting from these tips. Please share this info, so many people need it and don’t know it’s out there (or here). 2 favorite sites, among many, dealing with traditional diet are: thehealthyhomeeconomist.com and culturesforhealth.com (I buy starter cultures from them). Also, look up anything dealing with Weston A. Price foundation – they’re behind all the good healthy food!

  10. Enjoy the Flax Seed Benefits says:

    I discuss with individuals all a lot of your energy and effort about flax seed during consults. It’s an outstanding substitute for vegans or individuals very sensitive to seafood like me. Awesome resource of roughage too. I also described roughage in my web page “Fig Plants and Roughage.” I’ve connected the weblink to my concepts. Wish you will evaluate it out. I would really like your opinions.

  11. Avinash says:

    Its good to hear about Flax seed benifits

    I will try eating soaked Flax seeds & let you know the results


    • admin says:

      Thanks for reading Avinash.

  12. Enjoy the Flax Seed Benefits says:

    Will someone help me to find more details about how to find a way to having an outstanding nutrition dishes that it include a elment like flax seed ?

    i want to create an awesome “more than reasonable” foods to my grammy, that will be not much like tasteless foods to “say the least” ,

    so please i want your support to make the diner . proof to me that delicious food can go along with healthy food ,

    flax seed benefits


    • admin says:

      Guy-atia, so glad you’re asking this. I will compile recipe ideas and post them here as time goes along. Here are a few that come to mind:
      Did you see the smoothie recipes here? http://skinofgold.com/vibrant-skin-and-smoothies

      Another idea: after soaking, you can dry the flax seeds (dehydrate) under 113 degrees F to keep the enzymes active. Then mix with dry fruit paste, nut butters, nuts, etc. to for snack bars.
      You can add them to salad dressings for nutrition and thickness.

  13. Tim says:

    Hi there

    for years I have been putting a 1 tablespoon of dry flax seeds, 1 tablespoon of soaked flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of unprocessed bran on my porridge in the morning. I was doing this as I was told that the dry seeds and bran would add fibre and the soaked seeds would release omega-3 oils.

    I saw your reply to Fusun above and wondered if dry flax seeds are the same as ground flax seeds? It sounds as if soaked seeds offer fibre and release omega-3. If so would I be better adding 2 tablespoon of soaked flax seeds and no dry seeds? Also is the bran too much to add to this?

    Thanks in advance

    • admin says:

      Tim, yes it would be better to consume all the flax seeds soaked. You’re probably benefiting from the bran, as it’s not only a source of fiber, but a good bulking agent that facilitates healthy elimination.
      There’s a lot of evidence that proves that bran has a positive effect on HDL and LDL ratio in your cholesterol profile. Most people with irritable bowel syndrome are intolerant of bran because it’s too abrasive for their inflamed and diseased gut lining. The best way to prevent this inflammatory condition is to eat fiber while you still can.

      I’d like to point out that our primitive ancestors got all their fiber requirements from vegetables and fruit. Grains are a relatively new dietary option. The very first anthropologists that came from England to document the Native American culture and all aspects of their lives, apologized for not knowing the names of most of the vegetables, fruits, roots, etc. that these indigenous people ate. Amusingly they said, “nobody really wants to know about that anyway because foods of a vegetable nature are boring” (a traditional English point of view that is thankfully abating!). They went on to say that they would only document meats, fishes, game and other “interesting” foods. But they did point out that these people had GREEN hands and tongues for MOST OF THE YEAR.

      My point is, if you include fresh raw vegetables in your diet, you probably won’t need the bran. Nor will you have to be concerned with “good” or “bad” cholesterol.

      What makes flax seeds a real treasure is its therapeutic properties for those of us who have ignored vegetables for so long and become diseased to the point that we can no longer tolerate raw vegetables. If we gave up feedlot beef and feedlot fish (farmed fish) with their bizarre unnatural omega6 to omaga3 ratios, then supplementing our diet with flaxseed oil, fish oil, etc. will be less important.

      At this time I will write no further on this topic, but instead pause for a salad…

  14. Jeff K says:

    Hi. I have been soaking the flax seeds for 24 hrs at room temp. for several days now. I am concerned that I see no difference other than the gel that forms. The seed appears to be almost as hard as the seeds that are not soaked and I wouldn’t think that the inner nutrition would be any more available through digestion than presoaked seed. Do you have any hard evidence (pun not intended) to the contrary?

    • admin says:

      Rather than hard evidence, we have considerable experience that the flax seeds do soften with soaking. They never become like cooked oatmeal and they always retain a certain amount of chewiness. Based on your report, we theorize your flax seeds are old. They may have been purchased recently but that doesn’t mean they’re this year’s crop. We’ve had this problem with beans – that we soaked and soaked and soaked, then boiled for 4-5 times longer than usual, and then they were still so hard & indigestible that we got a lot of gas.
      Best thing for this kind of inferior food is throw it away or compost it.

      I would suggest buying the seeds from a retail outlet that sells A LOT of them, so they would be fresh.

    • Teddy says:

      Hi Jeff

      They might not be old. The gel that forms is a pain –

      I suggest soaking them 12 hours then spreading out on a damp paper towel that you keep semi moist –

      In 24 hours in a warm ish room you should see tails sprout.

      I’ve never seen flaxseed germinate in a total water suspension

      Kia Ora – good health from New Zealand

  15. Lori says:

    Hi, can I soak in the fridge in Almond Milk? I make a raw oatmeal with it afterwards. Just wondering if it’s better to soak them in water at room temperature instead?

    Just wanted to clarify- I soak the flaxseeds in Almond Milk in the fridge! I made it sounds like “I” soak in the fridge in Almond Milk! lol! 🙂

    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Good question Lori!
      Germination is inhibited by cold temperature in the fridge and the almond milk.
      The goal of the soaking is not only to soften the flax seeds, but also to facilitate germination. When seeds germinate, enzymes that inhibit digestion are replaced by pro-digestive enzymes.

      While we’re on the topic, when we make oatmeal at our house, the rolled oats are soaked in water and live whey overnight. The microbes in the whey reproduce and ferment the oats, and in doing so, partial enzymatic digestion occurs. If you cook your oats, cooking time is reduced. Whether you cook it or not, time and energy needed to digest the oats is substantially reduced. Well-digested oats provide more nutrients because your body absorbs more nutrients from completely digested food.
      See the Reply to the previous comment above – fantastic book “Nourishing Traditions” explains the importance of soaking grains, seeds and nuts. Ours has become dog-eared!

  16. Jigtry says:

    Hi! Your article is interesting and unique. I found it while searching for flax seeds and it’s negative effects, so I thought I would pose the question to you.
    I’m a 34 year old male, and read about flax seeds and it’s wondrous nutrients. After getting a packet of whole seeds and looking for a recipe to try them with, I instead ended up at a site which links them to increased prostate cancer in guys.
    What do you make of these findings and what advice do you have for men considering regular consumption of 1 to 2 tbsp per day (ground and used immediately or soaked as you instruct)

    • Steven says:

      Good question Jigtry. Before I answer it would be good to evaluate how they came up with that conclusion. Could you please send the link where you read this? Reply here or use our form if you like.

      The model of the study often predictably dictates the outcome. An example of this: studies where cows are fed exclusively sunflower seed residue (byproduct of manufacturing sunflower oil). In these studies the cows always die quickly. The reason is cows aren’t supposed to eat anything but grass. The conclusion that some people draw is “sunflower seeds are dangerous.” A different conclusion that can be drawn is that there are very few living things designed to live exclusively on sunflower seeds.

      Another example: In the 60’s and 70’s there was a small industry created to demonize saturated fats. This was done by feeding rabbits lard soaked rabbit chow. Rabbits are obligate vegetarians (will die if they eat animal parts or products), they never in their natural diet have saturated fat whatsoever. In fact they have a diet low in all types of fat. The predictable, reproducible, and irrelevant outcome is that these vegetarian animals get large amounts of fat deposits in their cardiovascular system and develop coronary disease. What does this have to do with an omnivore primate like us? Well, nearly nothing. But to the poorly educated and/or illogical person, it will create alarm, stress and fear. The aforementioned fear drove many people to discontinue eating butter, eggs, coconut, palm oil, and other good sources of fats. These dupes of the Parkay industry then started eating partially-hydrogenated plastic precursors, that have a significant molecular resemblance to the plastic tub that this frankenfat is packaged in.

      In animal studies, the selection of the species of rats, rabbits or dogs can strongly influence of the outcome. There are several species of nude (hairless – none really wear pants) rats – tend to die of cancer at a very early age. Very little environmental stress is needed to accelerate their predictable cancerous demise. So if you want to prove something is cancer-causing, these rodents will do the job for you. On the other hand, if you want to prove something is safe and not liver-toxic, use beagles in the studies. Dogs have much larger livers proportionally than most other animals, but beagles and basset hounds have larger livers proportionally than most breeds of dogs … so beagles can consume many times the amount of a toxic substance than you can, before their bloodwork indicates liver disease.

      If you want to read more about the manipulation, adulteration, and prostitution of medical science, and the distressing truth about the best science money can buy, read “Confessions of a Medical Heretic” by Robert S. Mendelsohn,MD.

      Have you tried Skin of Gold face cream yet? We’re sure you’ll like it, we guarantee it!

  17. Nerissa says:

    I currently grind my flax seeds and would like to know more about there being no nutritional benefit to this apart from fibre. I do soak all my nuts and dehydrate them. I do a fair amount of reading and personally have not come across this information before (given the size of the and personal opinions on the web) being that the nutritional benefit of flax only come from soaking. If you could supply the information about soaking vs grinding i would really appreciate it. I am finding it difficult to find this information on the net. I am always interested in increasing the nutritional content of food that we eat and if soaking is the best way then that is great.
    Thanks for this.

    • admin says:

      Hi Nerissa,

      Animal studies have been done decades ago that establish that the lignans and essential fatty acids in flax seeds are not bio-available unless they’ve been soaked. The unsoaked flax seeds are dense and indigestible. Very little of the nutrients are separated from the fiber in the unsoaked form.

      The lignans have been proven to be a significant preventative for breast cancer. Further, women with high lignan content in their diet not only seldom get cancer, but the cancer is very much less likely to spread (metastatize). Breast, mammary glands, and the surrounding fat, are not life-sustaining organs. Your breasts could be quite diseased, which would degenerate your overall health, but unless breast cancer spreads, it’s really never fatal.

      If you soak flax seeds and then dry them, it’s obvious they would be better than the unsoaked flax seeds. Since the hard, dry flax material is less digestible, we doubt if this is the optimal way to consume them. If you soaked and germinated flax seeds, these live seeds could be ground up and used in ezekiel bread, juiced, smoothies, or other live food recipes.

      The studies I have drawn from were published decades ago, before the internet as we know it. I read them at the time and have passed this information to many people.
      We live in an interesting time when studies are being published on nearly any topic you could choose, at a rate that exceeds the speed that 1 person could possibly read them. This was true decades ago and is only more so now. If there are any scientific topics you’d like to educate yourself on, just google “google scholar” (search engine dedicated to scholarly documents) and experiment with refining advanced search. With scientific studies, the full body of the study tends to be long and extremely detailed. Example – if they were injecting something to study animals, the manufacturer of the hypodermic syringes, the manufacturer of the actual needles, the gauge of needles, etc. – all are disclosed. No detail is omitted. There’s good reason for all this: some other scientist can analyze it, and how exactly the model was executed. The abstract (front page) explains who and where the study was performed, who paid for it, what was done, what happened, and what conclusions they draw from it. For most of us that’s all we need to know. If you really want to know more about nutritional science, all you need is a computer and internet connection and the world is your oyster.

      • Nerissa says:

        That is great, thank you so much for the info. Really helpful.

        many thanks

  18. Esther tan says:

    Why 24 hrs of soaking flaxseeds? Why not 2 hrs?

    • admin says:

      There are 2 reasons why 24 hour soaks are the way to go. It takes at least 12-14 hours to soak most of the flax seeds to the point of total saturation. Then there are the stubborn seeds that take longer. This varies with the age and method of storage the seeds have been exposed to.

      Secondly, if you want soaked flax seeds for breakfast, do you really want to get up 2 hrs before breakfast and soak flax seeds (even if 2 hrs was adequate)? Many people are either at work or on their way to work, 2 hours after waking up. This isn’t practical. If you use the seeds and promptly soak more for tomorrow, it’s all taken care of.

      Simple, easy, and efficient solutions are what people need. The easier it is, the more compliant people will be.

  19. Zahra says:


    many sites recommend use ground flaxseed and have it after 15-30minutes make ground
    and i don’t understand why ground flaxseed is dangerous or isn’t good
    i mix whole flaxseed with milk , banana and date and then mix them
    is it good way to use?

    Thanks million

    • admin says:

      The purpose of soaking 24 hrs is to get flax seeds to germinate and become more digestible. This was covered in the blog post above. Water is better for germinating seeds than milk.
      We recommend you read the article on fruit smoothies. This will answer many of your questions:

      • Zahra says:

        Thanks for your answer, and what do we after soaking? we must wash them ? or eat that water?
        we must chew them?

        • admin says:

          After soaking for about 24 hours, you eat them as is, or mix with fruit-only smoothie. Some people mix the entire thing into milk, yogurt or kefir, but not mixing is best, so just eat it about 20 mins before your meal (give the raw food time to digest). No need to wash them because the soaking water will be turned into gel, which you also eat – the whole thing should be a few small spoonfuls.

  20. sahra says:

    today i search about flaxseed and i read this site //butterbeliever.com/are-the-benefits-of-flax-seeds-worth-it i am very disapointed :(is information in that site true?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks million

    • admin says:

      Sahra, here’s our opinion about the article http://butterbeliever.com/are-the-benefits-of-flax-seeds-worth-it/
      The title doesn’t really fit the article. The article is largely about flax seed oil. The study cited for the increase of prostate cancer and ALAs do not even mentions flax or flax seed oil once. It is true that flax seed oil and flax are rich in ALA. We’d like to point out that many natural substances in their whole unfractionalized form often have co-constituent substances that are significant. There are numerous studies of a particular phyto-chemical in certain herbs (think comfrey root). At first glance this seems to be alarming and worthy of consideration, but when you find out that to get the dangerous levels of this phyto-nutrient, you have to be consuming pounds of the herbs daily! What even makes it more ridiculous is the revelation that the co-constituent phytochemical neutralizes the negative effect of the “scary” phyto-chemical.

      If a person were to soak flax seeds for 24 hrs, they’re quite a different substance than the ground flax seed or flax seed oil. The enzymes produced in the germination process make the soaked flax seeds more digestible. Undigested food particles and/or fractions of the food particles act as allergic antigens, particularly with repeated consumption. Fractionalized, rather than whole foods, are seldom really comparable. Examples: Many of us can eat wheat without profound allergic responses. A lot less of us can eat seitan, a concentrated gluten protein product. As bad as whole soy is for humans, it’s a whole lot better than the soy protein powder foisted on an unsuspecting public by the plastics industry. You can’t make the soy protein into plastic, but you can with the soy oil.

      You may think I’m digressing, but I’m giving examples of how fractionalized foods are quite different than the whole food. Whole soaked flax seeds have an impressive and sometimes miraculous benefits to people with inflammatory bowel disorder.
      It seems the author of butterbeliever.com negative flax post “cherry picked” her studies carefully. There are many studies of women with high ALAs in their blood and fatty tissues – that have a significant reduction in breast cancer, as well as dramatic reduction in metastases of breast cancer. The statistical increase in prostate cancer in the studies cited isn’t particularly alarming. I’d like to point out – the authors of this study noted there were CONFLICTING studies stating flax seed oil has been known to reduce prostate cancer. (link to study cited in her post – http://jn.nutrition.org/content/134/4/919.full)

      One of the major flaws of dietary supplement studies is that there are many other considerations. For instance, in that study cited, they said in Europe one of the major sources of ALAs was in MARGARINE – heavily hydrogenated fats. The label on margarine identifies it as “partially hydrogenated oils.” That is true. If they were FULLY hydrogenated, they would turn into the same plastic tub that the margarine comes in. They are a few molecules away from plastic. This sludge is known to be very unhealthy. You have to wonder, what other questionable crap that the dupes who are slurping down the plastic sludge, are also eating.

      The copy and links in your article do not support the title of the article. At one point you talk about the “because the body can’t efficiently convert ALA into EPA and DHA, excessive ALA floating around can be problematic.” This basically says nothing. Excessive levels of any essential fatty acid IS problematic. ALA is used by the body, it has anti-inflammatory characteristics and is described by many experts as the mother of all essential fatty acids.

      Flax seeds, flax seed oil, and soaked flax seeds each have a very different effect on your body. This article, to the uninformed, could be confusing, convincing and a source of fear. Good job.

  21. avelino says:

    where can I find out about the nutrient content of only the gel part of the flaxseed soak? Does it contain omega 3s, double fiber, phytic acid, lignans? so far I consume gel with seeds but was wondering what was in the gel only. Thanks in advance.