Category Archives: Flax Oil

Krill Oil, Versus Fish Oil, Versus Algal Oil: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fats cannot be synthesised by humans, but must be obtained from the diet. Research shows that the omega-3 intake of those people living in developed countries is too low. A number of diseases have been reported to result from … Continue reading

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Omega 3 Fats: Alpha Linolenic Acid Versus Eicosapentaenoic Acid

There are two essential fatty acids in human nutrition. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is the essential fat the belongs to the omega-3 family of fatty acids, and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) is the essential fat that belongs … Continue reading

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The Insulin-Like Activity of Common Herbs

A number of herbs have been traditionally used for the treatment of blood sugar disorders. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), garlic (Allium sativum), onion (Allium cepa), gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre), bitter melon (Momordica charantia), korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and … Continue reading

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The Flax Plant

Flax in an annual herb with a tall lean appearance. Thin slender stems, with similarly slender leaves, branch towards the top producing an elegant plant that can possess blue or white flowers (figure 1). Flax was known historically through Mesopotamian, … Continue reading

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Are There More To Linseeds That Omega 3 Fats?

Flax Seeds (linseeds) contain high amounts of the essential fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)). This fatty acid is the parent compound for production of the series 3 eicosanoids, a group of short lived hormones that regulate important … Continue reading

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Flaxseed Oil: Is Fish Oil Superior?

Humans require two essential fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid and linoleic acid. These fatty acids are essential because they are metabolised to important cellular signal molecules called eicosanoids. Alpha linolenic acid belongs to the omega 3 family of fatty acids, … Continue reading

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Alcohol Raises Plasma Omega 3 Concentrations: We Have a Winner

Alcohol is interesting because despite its unhealthy reputation within the mainstream, even relatively high intakes are protective of disease. In particular, alcohol appears to protect from cardiovascular disease, and a number of mechanisms have been put forward to explain this … Continue reading

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Functional Foods: Eggs

ggs are a rich source of cholesterol, and for this reason they have been demonised by proponents of the cholesterol theory of cardiovascular disease. However, evidence does not support a role for eggs in the elevation of plasma cholesterol concentrations … Continue reading

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Storing Oils

ils are fats that are liquid at room temperature. The more polyunsaturated the oil, the more unstable the oil will be. This is because the double bonds in the hydrocarbon chain increase the reactivity of the oil, causing chemical oxidation … Continue reading

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Delta 6-desaturase: The Essential Fatty Acid Roadblock

Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) are precursors to a number of important signal molecules that are required for cell function. These long-chain fatty acids accumulate in cell membranes and are then used by the … Continue reading

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