This month we’re looking at one of the best plant-based sources of Omega-3 – Flaxseed Oil, which has been used in traditional health practices for centuries. Flax has attracted the attention of nutritionists and those seeking a healthier diet because of its wholesome nutritional profile.
The seeds of the blue flowering flax plant are considered to be one of nature’s richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, of which 50-60% come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Once eaten, the human body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, essential fatty acids which are more readily used by the body.
Omega-3 is an important component of almost all cell membranes; therefore, sufficient amounts of these fatty acids are necessary to maintain good health. Flaxseed oil is perhaps one of the best vegan and vegetarian-friendly sources of these important EFAs.
Evidence suggests that people who eat an ALA rich diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. ALA may reduce heart disease risks through a variety of ways, including lowering cholesterol levels. Beneficial effect of supplementation with flaxseed oil is seen with the intake of 2g ALA daily.
Even so, support to cardiovascular health is not the only health benefit of this potent plant. Flaxseed is believed to posses the ability to calm the inner lining of inflamed intestines and is used as a natural laxative. It is registered with the medicines regulator MHRA as a traditional herbal remedy for the short term relief of constipation.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties flaxseed is also used by some individuals for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. When applied to the skin, flaxseed oil can help sooth irritations and soften roughness.
Currently, we offer 1,000mg Flaxseed Oil softgels, however soon, we’ll be also able to cater to vegan customers’ requirements by supplying this great supplement in vegetarian soft shells, making it a fully viable alternative source of Omega-3 acids for this market.
*Claims for food supplements mentioned in this article are not meant for general public, but are purely for information of food supplement industry professionals. Please note that the claims are not authorised by European Food Safety Authority for use on labels or marketing materials.