Flax and chia seeds can both be considered superfoods, but which one has the edge?
A menagerie of weird studies published in nutrition journals.
Flax seeds have also been shown to slow prostate cancer, but which is healthier? Chi-chi-chi-chia or flax?
Well, there are 3 reasons why people eat flax: the cardioprotective omega-3’s, the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and cancer-fighting lignans. Compared to chia seeds… flax has more omega 3’s. But, to my surprise, chia has significantly more fiber, which makes chia Obama, very happy. Looks like lignans are going to be the decider.
Flax has always been considered so amazing because it has about 100 times more cancer-fighting lignans than any plant in the world, until, evidently, chia seeds were tested. According to the website of “better than flax” Anutra-brand chia seeds, chia has 25 times more lignans than flax.
That’s incredible! No really, that’s in-credible. I called them up, challenged them on it, and it turns out they lied. Flax is healthier.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.
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W. Demark-Wahnefried, T. J. Polascik, S. L. George, B. R. Switzer, J. F. Madden, M. T. R. th, D. C. Snyder, K. Owzar, V. Hars, D. M. Albala, P. J. Walther, C. N. Robertson, J. W. Moul, B. K. Dunn, D. Brenner, L. Minasian, P. Stella, and R. T. Vollmer. Flaxseed supplementation (not dietary fat restriction) reduces prostate cancer proliferation rates in men presurgery. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev., 17(12):3577-3587, 2008
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: The Best Foods: Test Your Nutrition Knowledge, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, Flaxseeds for Prostate Cancer, and Treating Breast Pain with Flax Seeds
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