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What is flax oil?

Flax oil (also known as Flaxseed Oil) is the richest natural source of plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids available.

The flaxseed oil is derived from flax seeds which are harvested from the plant Linum Usitatissimum, which is in the family of flowering plants known as Linaceae.

Flax oil contains the following essential fatty acids: Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9.

This superfood is regarded by nutritionists to be one of THE most important nutritional supplements available. 

Flax is an excellent source of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is an essential omega 3 fatty acid. Essential means that your body must have it.

The high content ALA Omega-3 fatty acids is why it is considered one of nature’s absolute SUPER foods.

Consumption of flaxseed oil is an important part of The Budwig Protocol, also known as the Anti-Cancer Diet. See Dr. Johanna Budwig for more details.

Important Notes about flaxseed oil:

  • It MUST BE KEPT REFRIGERATED after opening
  • Do NOT cook with flaxseed oil, Don't heat it up at all
  • It may interfere with some medications


How to Select Flaxseed Oil:

When purchasing flax oil, to ensure high quality, look for these words on the label:

  • Organic
  • Pure
  • Unfiltered
  • Cold Pressed

When buying liquid flax oil (note: this does not apply to capsules), Some experts recommend buying only from refrigerated section of the store, rather than bottles that are stored on the shelf at room temperature. This is because flax seed oil goes rancid rather quickly at room temperature.

However, since several brands of flax oil are sold in stores (stored on the shelf), we must consider the possibility that some companies have a special packaging process which allows unopened flaxseed oil to be stored at room temperature without going rancid.

Types of Flax Oil:

There are basically two different types of flaxseed oil available

  • Plain Flax Oil
  • Flax Oil with Lignans

(Both are available in liquid or capsule form)

What are Lignans? They are plant phytonutrients and are also high in fiber and very healthy. Some people prefer to buy plain flax oil and then use a coffee grinder to grind up whole flax seeds and combine the flaxseed particulate with the plain flax oil, as opposed to using flax oil with lignans (which already contains the flaxseed particulate). Ground flaxseeds are also a very healthy source of Omega-3 and can be used in a variety of ways.

Note: Unless properly preserved, flaxseeds should be consumed within 15 minutes of grinding because once they are ground up, they go rancid at room temperature rather quickly. See the Flaxseed section for more details.

Which is better, liquid or capsules?

This is truly a matter of personal preference. Capsules come in handy during travel because they don't have to be kept refrigerated. However, you'd have to take about 10-15 capsules (depending on the mg dose) to get the equivalent of 1 tbsp of liquid flax oil.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits:

Research has shown flax seed oil to have a lot of health benefits for conditions including but not limited to:

ADHD, Anti-Aging, Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Angina, Arthritis, Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Autoimmune Diseases, Blood Glucose Levels, Bone Health, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Eczema, Eye Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hyperactivity, Inflammation, Immune Function, Joint Mobility, Kidney Disease, Learning Disabilities, Leukemia, Lupus, Manic Depression, Menopause, Mood Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis, Skin, Hair & Nails, Stress, Stroke, Weight Loss and More!

The health benefits of flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement are just too many to name or number, because it helps improve the functions of just about every cell in your body.

Flaxseed Oil Side Effects:

According to the leading experts - the dietary intake of flaxseed oil and/or ALA was reported to be safe and have little or no adverse side effects. However some studies indicated minor side effects such as slight nausea or mild diarrhea.

Flaxseed Oil - Drug Interactions:

Flaxseed oil is known to affect how certain medications perform. You should consult your Doctor to find out if it will interefere with your medications.

Flaxseed Oil Recipes:

Barlean’s has a selection of flax oil blends and smoothies. Some are blended with other healthy oils such as fish oil, evening primrose oil, or borage oil. See Barlean’s Flax Oil Blends for more details. See Recipes for more flaxseed and flax oil recipes.

Flaxseed Oil Serving Size:

The recommended dosage of flaxseed oil varies depending on your specific needs as well as your existing diet. Most Americans are defecient in Omega-3, but not everyone, therefore not everyone needs to supplement their diet with additional Omega-3. Below are some of the most commonly suggested serving sizes.

Flax Oil Supplements as a Liquid:

Many Nutritionists recommend 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil per 100 lbs of bodyweight.

Flax Oil Supplements as Capsules:

Many Nutritionists recommend 3 capsules, 3 times daily.

You should consult your Doctor or Nutritionist for a personalized assessment of your particular needs.

Flaxseed Oil for Animals:

Animals need essential fatty acids too - and flax oil is a healthy supplement for most animals. Barlean's "Flax Oil for Animals" is specifically formulated for animals, and is given to horses, cattle, dogs, and other animals.

Barlean's Flaxseed Oil for Animals supports:

  • Growth and development
  • Immune Function
  • Quality of milk in lactating animals
  • Coat quality and sheen
  • Joint health and mobility
  • Bone Health
  • Eye Health

It's 100% pure flax oil combined with a rosemary/ascorbic acid antioxidant blend. It contains omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, and also contains beta carotene and vitamin B-6.


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