Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Food Found at Quest Food Exchange - Flax Seed Oil

Flax seed oil is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to almost all of our body’s systems. It also contains Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, fiber, magnesium, protein and zinc. It contains 50% more omega-3 oils than what is in fish oil supplements.

Studies have shown that flax seed oil can help reduce the pain, inflammation and swelling of arthritis. It has many health benefits ranging from accelerating the healing of sprains to lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Lignan is a plant chemical which is believed to protect against tumors and viruses. Flax seed oil is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.

The recommended daily dose for most people is approximately 1,000 mg taken one to three times per day. Flax seed oil can take a bit of time to be absorbed into the body, therefore it may be a few weeks before you see full beneficial effects.

Add flax seed oil to shakes or add balsamic vinegar and use as a salad dressing.

*Consult your physician before adding flaxseed oil to your diet as it may interact with certain medications.

Corinne Stockford, RHN
Realife Nutrition
corinne@realifenutrition.ca

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