Flax Seed Oil

Health Benefits:

  1. high omega-3 fatty acid content
  2. cardiovascular benefits
  3. antioxidant benefits
  4. anti-inflammatory benefits

Flaxseed Research

Flax seeds and flax seed oil are rich sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) an essential fatty acid of the omega 3 class, with significant influences on human health and other mammalian models. These fatty acids, in addition to the phytonutrients present in flax seed products, offer considerable protection against various components to metabolic syndrome such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. Flax seed oil also has the potential to correct particular endocrine system imbalances that can contribute to specific patterns of disease.

Flax seed oil has an unusually high omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, which is very unique among oils and foods in general. This, above all else, is most likely responsible for the variety of positive outcomes associated with dietary intervention trials.


 

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