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Flaxseed - The Healthy Oil
Flaxseed Oil - The Healthy Oil
First of all, what is it? To understand flax oil you have to understand what essential fatty acids (EFAs) are and what they do. The definition of an essential nutrient is anything the body cannot synthesize itself and must therefore be obtained from the diet. We need an assortment of vitamins, minerals, approximately nine to eleven amino acids to stay alive and healthy. The two essential fatty acids we need in our diets are linoleic acid (LA) which is an omega-6 fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is an omega-3 fatty acid. The highest known source of omega-3 fatty acid LNA is flaxseed oil which also contains a small amount of omega-6 or LA fatty acid.
So what’s it supposed to do? As with most vitamins and minerals, it’s very difficult to get optimal amounts of unprocessed EFAs from heavily processed foods.
The term ‘omega-3’ should ring a bell for you.
In general, Australians tend to get there fats from saturated fats, rancid fats, and highly processed fats (which contain byproducts such as trans-fatty acids), thus giving fats a bad name.
In particular, the omega-3 fatty acids are anti-lipogenic (they block fat storage), anti-catabolic, anti-inflammatory, and they increase beta-oxidation (fat burning!!), improve insulin sensitivity, increase thermogenesis, as well as a whole lot of other positive effects on fat loss I do not have the space on this article to go into. On the other hand, a lack of EFAs- in particular the omega-3 EFAs- appears to be one of the dietary factors leading to the development of obesity and insulin resistance.
I have been a big fan of EFAs and flaxseed oil for quite some time now as I don’t see this as a supplement but rather as an essential element in ones nutritional needs. So, don’t be afraid of having fat in your fat-loss endeavors.
Just choose the right ones.
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