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Flax Seed vs. Fish Oil — What’s Best?

Today Ella and I are talking about the health benefits of flax seed for a healthy heart.  It's not the same as fish oil … check out the video below to find out all about flax and how to use it.

 

26 Responses to Flax Seed vs. Fish Oil — What’s Best?

  1. Kevin Orlin Johnson February 27, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    See! Every time you speak I have to put more things — Mohr things — on the grocery list!
    And what a beautiful little spokesmodel you have helping you! Can't wait until she gets the "spokes" part down so that we can hear what she has to say.

  2. Mike Grafstein February 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Great video – Your daughter stole the show:). Thanks for the info.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

      Of course she did … she said she really likes the camera, so you may be seeing her more often. :-)

  3. Kristi Jedlicki Levenhagen February 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for explaining that and demonstrating how to use the flaxseed.  It looked easy enough for even me to do, and Ella certainly convinced me to give it a try:)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

      Ella is very convincing for sure. I would do anything she says!

  4. Donna Beasley February 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Ella rocks!! She is very persuasive. Thanks for the heads up on flax seed. Chris you did a good job being Ella's sidekick.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 7:19 am #

      She clearly steals the show all the time.

  5. Rhonda February 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I have always taken flaxseed capsules.  Is it better to use the actual seed
    than the capsule?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 7:19 am #

      Yes, it is — the oil is OK, but I’d rather have you eat the ground seeds. When you take flaxseed capsules, you just get the oil — but the seeds have fiber and a powerful nutrient called lignans, in addition to the healthy oils.

  6. Julie February 28, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I have been using the ground flax seed for a couple of years. It's an easy addition to all my cereals, pastas, etc. Should I be grinding my own instead?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 9:38 am #

      Companies use a process to protect the ground seeds. We prefer to buy our own and then grind, so we can just grind a little at a time and keep it fresher that way. It’s also less expensive to buy the seeds.

  7. Bettina February 28, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Guys,
    How long can you keep the seeds in the fridge before the lose any potency? They are not ground up yet.
    Thanks. Bettina in Sunny Florida

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 11:42 am #

      Send some of your sun up this way!!! About 1 month in the fridge and they say up to 3 months in the freezer. We grind just a little a time to keep it as fresh as possible.

  8. sharon February 28, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    is the fiber content greater with golden flaxseed? thanks. -sar
     
     
     
     

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

      Kind of like eggs, the color doesn’t affect the nutrition information … great questions!

  9. Ellen Jones February 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder! My Father-in-law's wife add's this to her orange juice every morning! She also uses another seed. I agree that Ella is an excellent spokesperson! I was wondering what the shelf life is for the flax seed in the refrigerator? 

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

      Shelf life is ground seeds is about 1 month in the refrigerator, so we always just grind small amounts at a time. They suggest a shelf life of about 3 months in the freezer when ground.

  10. Bettina February 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks. Just to confirm is that for the seeds? I am talking about the seeds. Not anything that has been gorund up. I only grind what I use at the time.
    Thanks. I will have that sun up to you by summer. LOL

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      Oh, I misunderstood — I thought you were talking about already ground seeds, which are sold.

      • Bettina March 1, 2010 at 10:07 am #

        Thanks. So what I am trying to figure out is how long can I keep the SEEDS in the fridge. :)
         
        Oh, I misunderstood — I thought you were talking about already ground seeds, which are sold.

        • Chris and Kara Mohr March 1, 2010 at 10:44 am #

          I’ve heard you can keep whole, unground flax anywhere from 6-12 months.

  11. Ellen Jones February 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    The other seed that I failed to mention is the chia seed. Any thoughts on its value? I believe it also has Omega 3 oils in them. Thanks for your input!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr February 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

      Chia seed is on the schedule for this week, actually! Stay tuned…

  12. Brigitte March 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Moving from pills to seeds! Thanks for the info…but ELLA stole the show with her beauty and pink socks!
    Keep it coming!
     

  13. Todd March 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Without grinding the flax seeds up, they still will give the benefit of fiber correct? I find myself not needing the fatty acid as I eat plenty of fish, but do still want additional fiber.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr March 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Todd — not necessarily. The seeds are too small to digest, so while they can give a nice texture to foods, they aren’t broken down. Since they’re so small, most won’t get broken down even when chewing — so I’d suggest grinding them first.

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