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Flax Oil is Really Amazing Stuff -Roger Mason

All my books recommend flax oil supplements for everyone, including children. Flax is the very best source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s include alpha linolenic acid, DHA, and EPA. Flax is a far better choice than fish (or krill, chia, hemp, etc.) for many reasons. Flax contains twice (57%) the amount of omega-3s as fish or krill oil. Flax oil is much less expensive, and it is easier to find refrigerated brands. Flax oil has a pleasant nutty taste, whereas fish or krill oil tastes terrible. Flax is the best source in the world of vital lignans, which are deficient in our diet. 100 g of flax contains an incredible 300,000 mcg of lignans, compared to 120 for whole wheat, 40 for brown rice, and 185 for cauliflower. Flax is less subject to oxidation by heat, light, and oxygen. Oxidation of either oil produces dangerous lipid peroxides, otherwise known as rancidity. Fish and krill oil contain toxic arachidonic acid. Higher blood levels of this are correlated with many illnesses. We are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, while we eat too many omega-6 fatty acids. Very  few foods have much omega-3 content. Grass fed red meat has high levels of linolenic acid, but is full of saturated fat and cholesterol. Do not take expensive oils like DHA, EPA, borage, black currant, or primrose, as they simply cannot compare to flax. Any studies on fish  oil equally apply to flax oil, since the active ingredient is, in fact, omega-3 fatty acid (alpha linolenic). Definitely you want to take 1 to 2.5 grams of flax oil a day. Older and sickly people should take 2.5 grams (half teaspoon). This is a sup-plement for people of all ages, including your children and beloved pets. Flax is especially good for heart and artery health. This includes cholesterol, trigylcerides, HDL, LDL, CRP, Hcys, strokes, hypertension, and heart attacks.You cannot do this by eating a lot of fatty fish like salmon and tuna. Grinding up fresh flax seeds is the ideal way, but rather impractical for most people. There are only about 0.3% lignans in whole flax seed (300 mg per 100 g). Flax oil does not have lignans, so you can just add an inexpensive capsule of flax lignans if you want.To learn more about the benefits of flax seed go to www. barleans.com. This is the best source of information on the Internet. They are a fine company, and their bulk 12 oz. flax oil is sold refrigerated. Take ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams). You must keep it refrigerated. Taking a daily capsule of flax lignans is even more powerful. You cannot cook with flax oil, as it will break down. The taste is too assertive to use it on such things as salads.

There are so many human studies from international clinics published in major medical journals on the proven benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids in flax (and fish) oil that it is rather overwhelming. In Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry (how's that for a title?) v. 26, 2002, a fascinating study on hyperactive children was done. Hyperactive children 8-12 years old with ADD (attention deficit disorder) were given omega-3 fatty acids. They had no other treatment, yet improved significantly in just two weeks. Imagine if they were given whole, healthy food as well? Isn't this an infinitely better choice than doping them up with mind altering drugs?

In the journal Nutrition and Cancer (v. 39, 2001), a study at  Oxford  University in England found that flax will actually lower dangerous estrogen levels in women. This would also apply to men. This is just amazing. The only other supplements that are known to lower estrogen levels are DIM (diindolyl methane) and 13C (indole-3-carbinol) from cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables (DIM is twice as strong and, thus, half the price). Postmenopausal women were given ground flaxseed. Their levels of estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) fell significantly, but not their levels of good estriol (E3). Contrary to the conventional wisdom, American women are not deficient in estradiol or estrone at all. Actually, they are generally up to their ears in these two estrogens, but low in estriol. This largely explains the epidemic rates of estrogen-caused cancers, such as uterine, breast, ovarian, and cervical. The other hormones were not affected. This would be just as effective in men as well. Men over 50 literally have higher E1 and E2 levels than their postmenopausal wives. This causes many health problems, especially prostate disease. Read the Better Estrogen Levels article.

While researching diabetes, there were many references to using flax oil. One example is the Center for Diabetes in Begamo Italy (Clinica Terapeutica v. 144, 1994) the clinicians said, "Omega-3 administration would appear advisable in insulin dependent diabetics with increased cardiovascular risk factors." Flax is recommended in my books, The Natural Diabetes Cure and Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs. While researching cholesterol, hypertension, and coronary heart disease in general, omega-3 fatty acids were recommended by doctors and researchers all over the world. Flax oil is important in preventing a long list of illnesses.

There are many proven values to taking flax oil, including blood sugar metabolism, digestive issues, women's health in general, coronary artery health, and even various cancers such as breast and prostate. Taking a mere gram or two of flax oil daily will do wonders for your health in many ways. You must buy this from a company that keeps it refrigerated, and then store it in your refrigerator. (We keep ours in a special cold room with the acidophilus and NAC.) Make flax oil a part of your supplement program.


 


 

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