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Flax to the max

These tiny seeds may fall short in size, but they’re big in terms of benefits, writes Nutrition Editor Eve Kalinik

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One of the most notable facts about flax is that the seeds are considered to be one of the highest sources of ALA, a type of plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid. These are necessary for myriad processes in the body, including helping to manage inflammation and support cardiovascular health. This type of omega-3 is different to the ones in fish oil that contain EPA and DHA fatty acids. Studies show that, depending on your gender, you may convert more or less ALA into EPA or DHA components – women seem to have higher levels than men. It is crucial that we get enough of these and we should try to obtain them from different sources.

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