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GET THE FACTS ON FLAX
Flax (genus Linum) is one of the oldest known crops, dating back as early as 5000 B.C. Currently, Argentina, Canada, India, Russia and the United States are the leading producers of this annual plant. Its fiber is used for products that range from coarse rope to delicate linen and lace. The flowers are usually blue (some varieties are white or pink) and contain a mucilaginous seed called flaxseed or linseed.
Oil derived from this seed is a rich source of the essential fatty acids (EFAs), especially omega 3, linolenic acid. It contains an average of 57% omega 3, 16% omega 6, and 18% of the non-essential omega 9. Flaxseed oil is naturally high in the antioxidant nutrients beta carotene (4,300 IU per tablespoon) and vitamin E (15 IU per tablespoon).
Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids
The nutritious oil is highly valued and consumed for good reasons: EFAs and their derivatives form the cell membrane that surrounds every cell in the human body. They protect us from foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. EFAs are required for the transport and metabolism of both cholesterol and triglycerides. They can lower high cholesterol levels by up to 25% and high triglyceride levels up to 65%.
Flaxseed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids,
EFAs work in the body by forming hormone like substances called prostaglandins, which are necessary for the regulation of every function in the human body. These functions include regulating platelet stickiness, arterial muscle tone, inflammatory response, sodium excretion through the kidney, and immune function. The cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and central nervous systems are affected.
Which are linked to many basic body functions
Unlike most commercial formulas, human milk contains EFAs necessary to support normal growth and development. The milk of vegetarian women contains less EFAs than the milk of non-vegetarian women.
Refined sugar, pharmaceuticals, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol block EFA enzyme systems and their conversion to prostaglandins.
In the Journal of American Society for Clinical Nutrition, an endocrinologist, pediatrician and researcher Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, states that Western diets are woefully deficient in omega 6 fatty acids. The increased intake of polyunsaturated vegetable oils, rich in omega 6 and deficient in omega 3, has created a substantial imbalance of these EFAs. To add insult to injury, most of these oils are refined and damaged in the process. Since brain development in humans takes place during fetal life and the first two years after birth, supply proper lipid nutrition to both mother and child is of special relevance to human development. Simopoulos emphasizes that omega 3 fatty acids are essential to growth and development and maintaining a balance is vital.
It's no wonder the Cherokee Indians highly valued the flax plant. They mixed flaxseed oil with either goat or moose milk (to form special lipoprotein compounds), honey and cooked pumpkin to nourish pregnant and nursing mothers, providing them with the needed nutrients for creating strong and health children. It was given to people who had skin diseases, arthritis, malnutrition as well as men wishing to increase virility. They believed flax oil captured energies from the sun that could then be released and used in the body's metabolic process.
The belief has merit: Flaxseed oil, rich in electrons, strongly attracts photons from sunlight. To be effective, EFAs must be combined with protein at the same meal This flaxseed oil/protein/sunlight combination releases energy and enhances the body's electrical system. This combination, along with vitamin E, can be beneficial for infertile couples and women suffering from premenstrual syndrome.
Flax Oil Benefits Arthritis Sufferers
Dr. Donald Rudin and Clara Felix, authors of The Omega 3 Phenomenon, successfully treated depression and other emotional disorders by using a whole foods diet supplemented with one to two tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily.
Nature provides humans with a sympathetic nervous system that is inflammatory and a parasympathetic nervous system that is anti-inflammatory. After too much abuse the balancing act between these two systems can break down resulting in diseases like arthritis.
Flaxseed oil having an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, can benefit the 40 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. To achieve optimum results substances that activate the sympathetic nervous system -- like refined sugar, soda, coffee, fluoride -- must be eliminated. Stress must be reduced, because it activates the sympathetic nervous system, promoting inflammation.
Can EFAs Help Burn Fat?
Statistics on the sale of weight loss products show that obesity is a national health problem. Converting to a low fat diet is a step in the right direction, but not all fats are created equal. A fat-free diet can be dangerous.
Nutritionist Louise Gittleman, M.S., author of Beyond Pritikin, believes that a deficiency of omega 3 fat has created widespread illness in the population. She says, "EFAs help burn excess calories instead of depositing them as fatty tissue. They act as solvents to help the body dissolve and remove hard fats. Craving fatty foods can indicate an EFA deficiency."
Udo Erasmus, researcher and author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, warns consumers not to be fooled by most vegetable oil and margarine labels that read "high in polysaturates" or "low in saturates". Most of these products are toxic because they contain high levels of trans fatty acids, which are labeled as "partially" hydrogenated vegetable oil. Oil in clear glass bottles are damaged because light oxidizes even faster than oxygen.
After decades of research, Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., concluded that refined oils are a major cause of caner, heart disease, immune system breakdown, fatigue and other disorders.
Advantages of Flax Oil VS. Fish Oil
Some of the studies done on the benefits of omega 3 used fish oil because of its derivatives, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). More studies show that most humans can convert the parent molecule of omega 3, alpha linolenic acid, found in flax oil, to EPA and DHA as needed in as little as 20 minutes. There are several advantages to using flax oil over fish oil:
Two Flax Seed Oil softgel capsules provide 900-1200mg of Omega-3, 260400mg of Omega-6, and 280-400mg of Omega-9, plus lignans. The nutritional profile varies slightly due to the natural variations in flax seed harvests. Each softgel capsule is carob coated to protect the oil from exposure to light sources.
Flax Seed Oil (60 softgel capsules)
Flax Seed Oil (8oz. Liquid)