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What are Essential Fatty Acids?

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are nutrients that are necessary for biological processes but are not created in our own body.  These fatty acids must be obtained from our diet. 

What are Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are families of EFAs used to make local hormones that control the local functioning of tissues throughout the body. Omega-9 differs from the others as it can be created by the body from unsaturated fats.
Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Flax Seed

Is Flax Seed Oil a good source for Omega-3 fatty acids?

Good health requires the right ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Omega-6 fats tend to have pro-inflammatory effects, and the Omega-3s tend to have non-inflammatory effects.  The ideal ratio is around 1:2. The average american diet is more around 1:20 to 1:50, with way too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3. The ratio present in Flax seed oil is about 4:1. So LinaSana Flax Seed Oil is a good source of Omega-3.

What are Lignans?
Lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants, particularly in flax seed. Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen-like chemicals and also act as antioxidants. Numerous studies have reported on the role of lignans in support of the structure and function of heart and hormonal health.

Why should I add Omega-3 fatty acids to my diet?

Studies have shown that getting enough Omega-3 can significantly impact our chances of developing deadly diseases. Recent research has indicated that the intake of sufficient levels of Omega-3 may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Additionally, according to FatsForHealth.com (a Web site devoted to news and resources about essential fatty acids), Omega-3 can even help treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, and immune system dysfunction, among other health issues.

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