Spectrum Essentials Flax Oil Softgels Flaxseed oil is nature's greatest vegetarian source of Omega-3 Fatty AcidsâÂ Â essential nutrients that help keep our cells in peak condition. Because flaxseed oil is so fragile, we have developed proprietary processes through all stages of productionâÂ Â from pressing to packagingâÂ Â to ensure our oil reaches our customers as fresh as can be. Flax Facts Flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, and vitamins and minerals. They have distinct benefits in both their formsâÂ Â pressed into oil and as ground flaxseed.
Flaxseed Oil Featuring concentrated amounts of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), flaxseed oil is natureâÂ Â s greatest vegetarian source of vegetarian Omega-3 Fatty Acids. ALA is called an esssential fatty acid because it is vital to our health and since our bodies cannot produce it on their own, it is essential that we receive it from dietary sources. ALA plays an important role in the health of our hearts. Several studies have suggested that consumption of dietary ALA may reduce the risk of heart disease and promote overall heart health. Ground Flaxseed Ground Flaxseed is a natural source of fiber (including mucilage), absorbing excess liquid, protecting the digestive tract and promoting bowel regularity. While the oil pressed from flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, the seeds themselves are also a concentrated source of lignans - phytoestrogens that are not only suggested to be able to regulate hormone balance but which also have have antioxidant properties.
Flaxseed has been a coveted source of health for millennia. Ancient Egyptians and Greek physicians like Hippocrates touted its effectiveness for various ills. In the 8th century A.D., King Charlemagne thought flax so essential to health that he wrote a series of laws requiring his subjects to consume a certain amount each year. In more recent centuries, classic herbal medicine texts note that flaxseed oil has been used to relieve gastro-intestinal pains and infections, colic and hemorrhoids. Applied topically, flaxseed oil was mixed with calcium oxide to use on burns, and blended with honey to remove facial spots. The seeds themselves have been used for a bevy of ailmentsâÂ Â from alleviating constipation to treating coughs, colds, respiratory infections and urinary tract infections.
Lignans are phytoestrogens found in high fiber foods such as cereals, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Researchers have found flaxseeds to be the richest source of plant lignans, with a lignan content 100-times higher than its nearest competitor, oat bran. Once ingested, lignans have both an estrogen and anti-estrogen-like effect, similar to soy. Scientists believe the effects of lignans on estrogen metabolism, in addition to their antioxidant and fiber properties, may explain why populations eating diets rich in lignans have a lower incidence of cancer. Other studies indicate flax lignans reduce cholesterol and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and diabetes in animals. Clinical studies are currently underway to see if the same effects apply to humans.
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