Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant and contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. It contains 50-60% omega-3 fatty acids.
Nutrition: 1 Tbsp of flaxseed oil contains approximately 7 grams of ALA. Your recommended dose will depend on a number of factors as it can interact with a number of medications like blood thinners, cholesterol lowering medicines and blood sugar lowering medicines so its best to speak to a health care practitioner about your specific needs.
Flaxseed oil is beneficial in helping to reduce high cholesterol. The risk of heart disease is lower in individuals who take flaxseed oil. Evidence indicates that those who eat a lot of ALA are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack and it reduces high blood pressure.
Uses: Flax oil can be taken as a supplement or it can be added to salad dressings or smoothies. Make sure to keep your flax oil refrigerated and do not use it in heated foods as it can go rancid very quickly.