Fresh flax seed oil has a pleasing, light, nutty flavor and contains a nutritionally unique composition of essential fatty acids (EFA's). They are essential because they cannot be synthesized by the human body.
Flax seed oil contains both linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid, omega 1 and omega 3 oils. These oils promote a non-inflammatory pathway in the body and are considered the "good" fats. They help to lower cholesterol and keep blood clots from forming in the arteries, reducing the chance of heart disease. These oils also reduce joint inflammation and are useful in arthritis. They improve the immune response, decrease prostaglandin levels aiding in the prevention of breast cancer and menstrual cramps, improves dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and may even reduce the severity of migraine headaches.
The best way to use flax seed oil is in cold dishes because too much heat destroys the healthful properties of this oil.
Essential fatty acids increase metabolic rate, therefore, flax seed oil is less likely than any other oil to result in weight gain. In fact, studies have shown that many overweight people actually lose weight by adding fresh essential fatty acid-rich oil to their diet.
Some suggestions for using the oil:
- On cooked or steamed vegetables, instead of butter.
- On baked potatoes or sweet potatoes
- In shakes or smoothies
- In homemade salad dressing
I like Barlean's Flax Seed Oil, but any quality brand will do. You can find it in the health section of a grocery store or a health food store for approximately $10 per 16oz bottle.
Do you have a favorite way of using flax seed oil? Let us know!