Month: September, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Flaxseed: Omega-3 Supplement
The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids. They are called essential because they are “essential for life”. They cannot be produced by the body, so you must consume them in your diet to obtain them. These fatty acids maintain the structure of cell membranes, necessary for the regulation of nutrients passing in and out of your cells. They also enable the transport and metabolism of cholesterol in the body.
Flax seed is one of the best plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The oil from the seed is low in saturated fat, has a moderate amount of monounsaturated fat, and is high in polyunsaturated fat. Saturated fat – 9%
Monounsaturated fat – 18%
Polyunsaturated fat – 73% Of the polyunsaturated fats 57% is omega-3 and 16% is omega-6.
There has been much discussion about the importance on the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Today’s elevated omega-6:omega-3 ratio is partly attributed to the vegetable oils currently available and consumed that are high in the omega-6. Some researchers believe that too much of one can interfere with the other. Flaxseed can significantly help with this ratio due to its high omega-3 content.
Flax seed is very readily available and a sustainable product. It is great for those on a strict vegetarian diet that does not allow the consumption of fish.
Supplement your diet today with flax seed and benefit from its high omega -3 and fiber content.
Categories: Flax Seed Nutrition