Glanbia and Flax Council of Canada launch flax research database

Extensive compilation of flax research now available for industry keep up with the increasing volume of scientific evidence.

The Flax Council of Canada and Glanbia Nutritionals are pleased to announce the availability of an extensive updated Flax Research Database for Human Health and Nutrition. With scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of flax and its constituents expanding at a rapid pace, this valuable resource enables the industry, health professionals and the scientific community to keep up with the increasing volume of information. Updating of the database was made possible through funding from Glanbia Nutritionals.

"We are very pleased to partner with Glanbia on the development and update of the research database,” said William Hill, President of the Flax Council of Canada, “And since Glanbia has committed to sponsoring the independent updating of the site on a monthly basis, we can ensure that the information is current and relevant to the industry.”

An incredibly versatile crop, flax’s Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutritional benefits have made flax seed and oil popular food ingredients for people of all ages. And with growing consumer interest comes increased research scrutiny. 

The dataset includes only peer-reviewed publications available on commonly used scientific search sites. Since its last update in mid-2009, close to 160 new publications have been released. Most are focused on human clinical trials and include health and disease reduction research, analytical assessments, food formulation, and review articles.

“The Flax Council’s Research Database is the industry’s most comprehensive portal for all flax related research,” said Robert Beausire, Vice President of Business Development at Glanbia Nutritionals. “The database fills a gap in the conversation by offering hundreds of papers on the health benefits of flaxseed.  It is a tremendous resource for developers and marketers.”

Studies have been published on the impressive antioxidant characteristics of flax, as well as the health benefits of its omega 3, fiber, lignan and protein components. In the area of disease reduction, the research covers cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and inflammatory disorders. Studies are also reviewed which focus on bone, brain, eye, skin and renal health.

Papers appear under a number of categories to enable quick and accurate searches to capture relevant publications of interest. 

The Flax Research Database can be accessed at

About The Flax Council of Canada

The Flax Council of Canada ( is a broad-based, non-commercial association.  Its mandate is to promote the use of flax and flax products. The Council represents and has input from all sectors of the flax industry, some of which include:  seed growers, producers, grain handlers, traders, manufacturers, marketing agencies, processors, private and public researchers, educational institutions and governments. The Council fosters crop and product development, exchanges information and communicates throughout the industry. Located in downtown Winnipeg, the Council operates at the hub of Canada’s grains and oilseed trade.

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