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Mark and Esther Hylden

Flax: A Healthy Choice

Flax seed has been used in the diets of humans for thousands of years. The Babylonians cultivated flax seed as early as 3,000 B.C., and millennia later, in 650 B.C., Hippocrates used flax seed for the relief of intestinal discomfort. Flax seed was so important for the health of his subjects that the 8th century king, Charlemagne, passed laws and regulations governing its consumption. Today, consumers are turning to flax seed for its many health benefits and pleasant, nutty flavor a distinctive addition to baked products. flax seed provides essential nutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals; and it contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Moreover, flax seed is a rich source of lignans, a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are compounds that may protect against certain types of cancer by interfering with the effects of estrogen.


A North Dakota State University research project led to the development of a new golden variety of flax seed named Omega. This new variety was created primarily as a human food source and Omega flax seed has a more pleasant nutty-buttery flavor than the brown flax. Omega flax seed was named for its higher level of omega-3 essential fatty acid found in the beneficial flax seed oil which is a higher percentage than the brown flax. This golden flax seed also has a hull that is easier to grind and it looks much better than the brown flax seed when mixed into your favorite flax seed recipes.

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Healthful Flax Cooking

Sometimes, in our fast-paced lives, we tend to forget the simple pleasures of fresh homemade flax cookies, or the delicious smell of flax bread baking in the oven. In our constant quest for healthy eating and living, it’s important to remember the joy of preparing good food for those we love.

With that in mind, we thought you might like to look through a few of our favorite flax recipes. If you have any suggestions for us, or maybe have a flax recipe of your own that you think we might like to try, send us an email! Until then, to your good health…”

In The News

  • Alabama AM University A Study on the effects of Flax Seed Oil and Flax Seed Meal on Colon Tumors - We were thankful to have an opportunity to work with Dr. Maratha Verghese of Alabama A&M University in a study about how flax can help fight against colon cancer. Our family lost a loved one to colon cancer and to have a chance to donate our Golden Valley Flax to research in the fight against […]
  • Flower Flax Photo AAA Magazine Golden Valley Flax mentioned in AAA Living - We were recently mentioned in the nationally distributed AAA Living magazine produced by AAA Auto Club. Flaxseed Golden Valley Flax began with a breakfast table revelation. Mark and Esther Hylden had been eating high fiber, Omega-3- and antioxidant-rich flaxseed to help control Mark’s cholesterol when they realized: “We could raise flax on our farm.” Today, […]
  • Esther Hylden in Field of Flax North Dakota Agriculture Magazine 2016-2017 - We were thrilled to be featured in the 2016-2017 issue of North Dakota Agriculture Magazine. (We’re on pages 60-63)  
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Featured Recipe

Tropical Mango Smoothie

Tropical Mango Smoothie


Thanks for your prompt service. I had heard about flax’s health benefits, but had never tried any. Today I recommend flax to anyone with cholesterol problems. Now my doctor reminds me to stay on my flax.

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– JN South Dakota

Thank you for introducing me to your flax seed. Not only can I not imagine my morning oatmeal without it, but it has helped me in several health related areas.

– DS Minnesota

First off, let me say that you grow a wonderful flaxseed. I was first introduced to flax seed last July. My wife and I both now eat your flaxseed daily.

– TF California

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