Flax seed meal is just flax seeds that have been ground into a sort of flour. It can be used in baking or as a supplement, although it doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrients, especially if you’re already eating a nutrient-rich diet.
The Fat Profile
Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fats, a type of polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) that is anti-inflammatory, but omega-3 comes in different forms. Our bodies can easily use EPA and DHA, but flax seed meal contains omega-3 fats almost exclusively in ALA form, which is more difficult for our bodies to access. It’s not harmful, but it’s not particularly beneficial.
The Health Benefits
Consuming flax seeds does have a number of health benefits though, including lowering inflammation and blood pressure. Mark Sisson recommends consuming flax seed meal as the whole seeds can be hard to eat.