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How to Ground Flax Seed

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Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.
How to Ground Flax Seed
A large spoonful of flax seed. Photo Credit Anetlanda/iStock/Getty Images

Flax seed provides an abundance of nutritional benefits. It is high in fiber, which helps improve your digestive system. Flax seed is also full of alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that can help combat arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease. The outside of a flax seed is very hard to crack -- it will likely pass undigested through your body if you eat it whole. Grinding flax seed first makes it easier to digest and ensures that you absorb all of the nutrients.

Step 1

Measure out the desired amount of seeds and pour them into a clean coffee grinder, blender or food processor.

Step 2

Turn the setting to the finest grind possible and close the lid. Turn the grinder on.

Step 3

Grind the flax seed for 10 to 15 seconds, or until the seeds have turned into a very fine, ground meal.

Step 4

Store the ground flax seed in an opaque, airtight container in the refrigerator for as long as 90 days if you don't use it immediately.

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