Flaxseed (linseed) oil is the richest known source of an omega 3 fatty acid by the name of ALA. In fact, the % of ALA found in flax seed is almost in a class of it’s as, containing more then 5 times the ALA then the next highest sources (walnut and canola oil) [pubby id=“14995053”].
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Regular Fish = No Flax Needed
Fish provides a substantially more biologically active form of omega 3 fatty acids. If you regularly consume fresh fatty fish, the benefits gained from supplementing with flax seed aren’t as important.
Documented Benefits of Flax Seed Oil
Regular consumption of fresh flax seed oil can:
- Improve skin barrier function and stability [pubby id="21088453"]
- Reduce systemic inflammation [pubby id="27115157"]
- Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease [pubby id="19568181,21076723"]
- Regulate cholesterol levels [pubby id="16490217"]
- Do not simply add flax seed oil into your diet, try to replace another vegetable oil you currently use (has a greater impact on the omega 3/6 ratio)
- Many of the antioxidants found in flax seed oil are easily oxidized, making sure you buy cold pressed oil with a recent production date can help some of these antioxidants are still present
- If the flax seed oil is overly pungent in taste, it's likely bad (overly oxidized and has gone rancid)
- As with anything else, some individuals may not tolerate flax seed oil and allergy has been reported [pubby id="26367209"]