Provides Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are polyunsaturated fats that the body cannot manufacture and must be obtained from foods. Omega 3 EFAs are produced from Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). The Omega 3 fatty acids are especially important for the heart, brain and cell membranes. Omega 6 EFAs are made from Linoleic Acid (LA). The body uses Omega 6 fatty acids to produce the PGE1 series of prostaglandins, which support immune system function and skin health. Omega 9 or Oleic Acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid not considered essential because the body can produce it. Omega 9 fatty acids may help support cardiovascular function.
Flax Seed Oil Naturally Provides a 1:4 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3
Research indicates the American diet has a ratio of 20:1 in favor of the Omega 6 fatty acids. Ideally this ratio should be 4:1 (Omega6/Omega3). The ratio of the Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids in Flax Seed Oil is 1:4 (150 mg of LA to 585 mg ALA). Most diets supply much higher amounts of Omega 6 as compared to Omega 3 causing an imbalance of the Omega6/Omega3 ratio. Flax Seed Oil provides Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids in an optimal ratio. Flax Seed Oil is cold pressed which means you get the full advantage of its natural compounds. Some manufacturing procedures use heat, which renders the fats inactive and unusable by the body.
Flax Seed Oil Supports Prostaglandin Balance
Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that regulate many of the body’s functions, including smooth muscle contraction, dilation of blood vessels and are mediators in the process of inflammation. Prostaglandins are produced from Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and they must be in proper balance to maintain optimal cellular functions.