The Benefits of Freshly Milled Flaxseed

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 30, 2008


It is always hard going back to work after a wonderful week off! I did not want to get up today. Luckily I could sleep in a bit because it is my OFF day from exercise.

I’m not sure why but my right foot is hurting a bit.

I Googled common foot injuries when running, and I couldn’t find anything specific to the ache that I have- on the top of the foot. Anyone know?

It is nothing major though. I am sure I will be up and running by tomorrow. :)


This morning I used my new Motar and Pestle and grounded up some fresh flax on my cereal:



In You, The Owner’s Manual, Dr. Oz says that Omega-3 fatty acids are like ‘WD-40 for the body. They help provide lubrication that the joints need to function. By keeping the joints lubed you experience less friction, less grinding, and less pain as you age. They can decrease inflammation in inflamed joints.”

All the better reason to get enough when exercising!


After: (I should have grounded these a bit more but I was pressed for time!)


Because Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely unstable, make sure you store freshly milled flax seed in an air tight container in the fridge. Freshly milled flax seed is the only way you will ensure that you are obtaining these beneficial fatty acids. That’s why doctors always recommend to buy whole flax and then mill your own. (Source: Foods That Fight Cancer, By: Richard Beliveau)


For best quality in all aspects, grind/mill the flax just before use. Quality deteriorates quickly once milled due to oxidation and light exposure.

I remember my nutrition professor always saying that the ground flax you buy in the stores isn’t as nutritious as doing it yourself fresh.


Benefits of Flax Seed:

  • They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which prevents and reduces blood clotting which combats heart diseases, diabetes and cancers.
  • High in fibers, which reduce, the cholesterol level in the body.
  • Gives strength and shine to hair, skin and nails.
  • It decreases the risk of asthma, headache and arthritis due to its anti inflammatory agents.
  • It is good for bones and joints.
  • It makes the cell membranes flexible, which prevents constipation.
  • It is helpful in curing migraine headaches.
  • Researches have shown that it is protects form breast cancer and other menstrual problems.
  • It is used as a bakery product and used in a variety of dishes


A New Study finds Cancer link to Food Additive

In a report by CBC News, claims that researchers from Southern Korea have found a link between a common food additive and lung cancer in mice. The Soeul National University study finds that inorganic phosphates may speed cancerous tumor growth in those with a predisposition to lung cancer.

Where can you often find inorganic phosphates? In bakery items, processed foods like meats, cheese, and beverages. Check your labels!

These phosphates are added to improve food texture and increase water retention.

More reasons to stay away from processed foods with ingredients that you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce!


Want to try  new NYE make-up? Pearlized looks are in!


Off to work! See you later today! :D

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

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sarah (ghost world) December 30, 2008 at 10:08 am

i think sometimes you can have pain there from the pressure of the laces of your shoes. make sure they are not tied too tight, and experiment with different ways of tying them to take the pressure of the part that’s hurting. hope it feels better soon!!


VeggieGirl December 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

Loooove flaxseed :-)

Hang in there with your foot and with work!!


laughinglindsay December 30, 2008 at 10:46 am

I was just reading about flax seeds in the book Ultra Metabolism. I appreciate how well you explained how we can gain from them but also how to store them.. no one ever mentions that part.
I wasn’t quite sure what the big deal with flax was so this really helped.


crewser December 30, 2008 at 10:49 am

hi! just wanted to say i love your blog!! anyway, i’m not sure if this is the same pain you have but i had trouble with just one foot when i was training for my marathon which seemed to progress as i increased my mileage. when i went to the doctor, he explained that you have an arch that goes across your foot (transverse arch) just like the arch you have under your foot. if the arch across your foot is steep, it can cause pain across the top of your foot. if the pain is unbearable, he recommended orthotics, but i just bought some inserts from a running store that provided some extra support for my arch that seemed to help. you may want to google it because i’m not sure if this is the same pain you are having but it sounds similar to what i had. hope you training goes well! i’ve run two half marathons and it is a great race!!


Deb December 30, 2008 at 10:56 am

I buy them already ground & add them to my smoothies or yogurt. Is it ok to buy them already ground? I store them in the fridge in a ziploc bag.

I notice you reference Dr. Oz a bit, Is he one of the resourses that you follow? I have read a few of his books & really enjoyed them.


Angela December 30, 2008 at 11:07 am

Hey everyone!
Thanks for your comments and help! :)

DEB- For best quality in all aspects, grind/mill the flax just before use. Quality deteriorates quickly once milled due to oxidation and light exposure. I learned from my nutrition professor that buying already ground flax means that you won’t be obtaining as much nutritional benefit than if you make it freshly milled.


Diana December 30, 2008 at 11:08 am

Hey there! I agree with Sarah, the top of your foot may be due to your laces being too tight. I can’t wait to read about your journey to your first half marathon. You are going to do great!


Melissa December 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I keep telling my mom she needs to grind her flax! I will send her a link to your post. Lots of great info! I plan to buy her a coffee grinder for her birthday to help her grind quickly.

I hope your foot feels better soon.


Erica December 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

YES getting up for work this week has been totally painful! It seems like everyone is still on break :( Hope your day isn’t too bad ;)


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