Flax Oil Fact Sheet
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA
LIKELY USERS: Everyone consuming fast foods or diets high in vegetable oils; People with family history of heart disease or diabetes; People with inflammatory conditions; Those who don’t eat cold water fish
KEY INGREDIENT(S): Flaxseed oil
MAIN PRODUCT FEATURES: Expeller pressed; Certified organically grown; Capsule will usually dissolve within 30 minutes; Non-genetically engineered; Rich in polyunsaturated essential fats: Omega-3 (55-65%); Alpha-Linolenic Acid; C18:3n3, Omega-6 (15-25%); Linoleic Acid; C18:2n6; Also contains: Omega-9 (15-25%); Oleic Acid; C18:1n9
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES: Exceeds contaminant safety standards:
Pesticides & Herbicides: Total PCB and DDT (DDD, DDE & DDT) must be below detectable level of 0.01ppm. MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE with the regulation set forth in California Health & Safety Code §25249.6, otherwise known as PROPOSITION 65.
Microbiological / Heavy Metals: below federal and California standards
• No trans-fats or hydrogenated oils;
• No rancidity detected;
• Consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (FDA evaluated the data and determined that, although there is scientific evidence supporting the claim, the evidence is not conclusive.);
• Helps control triglycerides and prevent excessive clotting;
• Promotes anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that also encourage dilation of blood vessels;
• Essential for brain, nerves, cell membranes and blood sugar metabolism;
• Aids in maintaining normal heart rhythm
AMOUNT TO USE: Take 3 softgels 2 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals; 3 softgels contain 1.5 grams (1,500 mg.) of Omega-3 fats
COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCTS: Other supplements used as cardiotonics include Vitamin E, CoQ10, magnesium, antioxidants, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, L-carnitine and hawthorn leaf and flower extract.
CAUTIONS: Pregnant and lactating women and people using prescription drugs should consult their physician before taking any dietary supplement. Flax oil should not be used as the only oil in the diet, as it is too high in the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats to be the exclusive, long-term dietary oil. The body needs some Omega-6 fats, as well as sterols and fat-soluble antioxidants, in order to have a healthy balance that promotes health. Without that healthy balance of oily nutrients and in the presence of oxidative stresses, large doses of flax oil can become volatile and add to processes that can stimulate cancer. In the presence of a good balance, the opposite is true and cell growth tends to become more normalized.