If you want a rich source of Omega 3 fatty oils to protect your heart and overall health, consider taking Barlean's Flax Oil supplements. (Check out Barlean's history as a company; it's pretty interesting how they got their reputation for purity and freshness.)
The conservative WebMD website claims, in "Benefits of Flax Seed", that it may be your most powerful weapon against lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, and loads of other diseases and maladies!
Research suggests that flaxseed normalizes your heart beat and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Check it out.
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries: flaxseed.
Flax seed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, according to the Flax Council of Canada. By the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Fast-forward 13 centuries, and some experts would say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected all those years ago.
These days, flax seed is found in all kinds of foods, from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. In the first 11 months of 2006, 75 new products were launched that listed flax or flaxseed as an ingredient. Not only has consumer demand for flax seed gone up, agricultural use has also increased -- to feed all those chickens laying eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.
Lignans may help protect against cancer by:
- Blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism.
- Interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
Although flax seed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
- Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
I just started using Barlean's Flax Oil softgels last month, the Highest Lignan (see blue label bottle on left in photo above). This month, the Peoria store of Naturally Yours Grocery was unfortunately sold out of Highest Lignan, so I purchased the Pure (see red label bottle on right in photo above).
Today I called Naturally Yours Grocery in Peoria, and they confirmed that they now have Barlean's Highest Lignan Flax Oil softgels in stock again.
Barlean's products are the most popular, best selling flax oil softgels. They even have a "America's Best Selling Omega 3" label on the bottle. 100% Organic. Unrefined. Unfiltered. Cold Pressed. Guaranteed Fresh. Vity Award Winner. North American flax seed via express delivery.
Here's what Barlean's says on its website about High Lignan and Pure Flax Seed Oil:
High Lignan Flax Seed Oil
A foundational addition to a healthy diet, our organic, high-lignan content flax oil is ideal for those who aspire to nutritionally support:
- Heart Health*
- Healthy Cholesterol Levels*
- Joint Mobility & Bone Density*
- Energy & Endurance*
- Healthy Blood Glucose*
- Skin, Hair & Nail Health*
What are Lignans?
Lignans are a highly studied and researched class of plant phytonutrients most abundantly found in flaxseed that have recently come to the forefront of nutritional research. Numerous studies have reported on the role of lignans in support of the structure and function of heart and hormonal health.* Barlean's Fresh ExPressed™ extraction process gently liberates delicate Omega-3 flax oil, while capturing lignan flaxseed particulate.
Pure Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseed oil is nature's richest source of vegetable-based vital Omega-3 fatty acids. Barlean's 100% Organic Flax Oil is known as the "world's freshest" because, just like all the fine family of Barlean's products, it is cold pressed daily, made to order for your health food store, air-delivered and dated for freshness. The result is the freshest, best-tasting flax oil available.
And Barlean's flaxseed oil is pure, unfiltered and unrefined – just as nature intended. Our proprietary cold pressing results in clean, delicious oil that doesn't need to be filtered to achieve its fresh flavor.