Differences between ground flax seed and flax seed oil

Updated at: Jan 16, 2013
Differences between ground flax seed and flax seed oil
Pratima Sharma
Exercise & FitnessWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Oct 03, 2012

Flaxseed is a grain which has its origin in the ancient times. The grain is known to offer a world of health benefits which have made it very famous around the world. Flaxseed oil, on the other hand, has its share of advantages too. Here is a look at the comparison of these two:

  • Ground flaxseed is easier to absorb vis-à-vis the oil and aids digestion. Besides, it is a rich source of fiber, protein and antioxidants. The flax seed oil contains more ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), particularly beneficial in case of a heart disease, arthritis as well as inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Both the ground flax seed and the flax seed oil play a pivotal role in preventing cancer and treating it as well. Moreover, they are also helpful in keeping the cardiovascular system as well as the immune system healthy.
  • When it comes to the omega-3 fatty acids content, the flax seed oil trumps Ground Flax seed.

In a nutshell, although both are beneficial in their own right, from a dietary perspective ground flaxseed wins hands down.




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