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Flax omega3 nutrient content claims


Get the Facts about Flax and Chia

Nutritionfacts.org delves into the research on chia's health benefits, and concludes that flax is superior.  Click here for more information.


Pizzey Ingredients Presents White Paper on Flaxseed and Sports Nutrition

Pizzey Ingredients is pleased to offer a white paper describing the role that flaxseed plays in sports nutrition.  

Flaxseed offers nutrients ideal for muscle building and exercise endurance. It is the highest plant source of the omega 3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is a rich source of high quality protein, and contains antioxidants.  ALA reduces inflammation associated with exercise and improves body healing. Flaxseed protein is high in arginine and branched-chain amino acids, which reduce fatigue and enhance performanceFlaxseed contains a number of antioxidants that can alleviate exercise induced oxidative stress which can decrease physical performance, and cause muscle fatigue and damage. Flaxseed is recognized by mainstream and sports consumers alike seeking whole, real “clean” foods. 

To learn more, click here to download "Flaxseed and Sports Nutrition: A Winning Combination."


FDA prohibits any nutrient content claims for DHA and EPA.

Strawberry Smoothie with Omega-3 Flax Seed

Flax can be ALA Omega-3 claimed, not fish - making it perfect for beverages.

In a ruling dated April 28, 2014, the FDA formally announced they would take no regulatory action with respect to nutrient content claims for ALA as set forth in a Martek notification and therefore such claims may remain on the market.  In the same ruling, the FDA also prohibits any nutrient content claims for DHA and EPA.

This action establishes a minimum recommended Daily Value for ALA Omega 3 at 1,600-mg per day.

This action also permits the following packaging label claims to be made for ALA Omega-3 as follows:

1. The Omega 3 in flaxseed must be identified as “ALA Omega-3”.

2. Nutrient Content Claims can be made as follows:

Label Claim ALA Omega 3 per serving PurFlax™ per serving
“High”, “Rich” or “Excellent” Source of ALA Omega-3 320-mg 1.5 grams
“Good” Source of ALA Omega-3 160-mg 0.75 grams
“More” ALA Omega-3 (than reference food) 160-mg 0.75 grams

3. The Claim must be accompanied in close proximity by one of the following statements:

“Contains ___mg of ALA per serving, which is ___% of the Daily Value for ALA (1.6g).”

“Contains ___% of the Daily Value of ALA per serving. The Daily Value for ALA is 1.6g.”

For “More” claims:

“___% more of the Daily Value for ALA per serving than (reference food). This product contains ___mg ALA omega -3 per serving, which is ___% of the Daily Value for ALA omega-3 (1.6g). (Reference food) contains ___mg ALA omega-3 per serving.”

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