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The right balance of fatty acids is important for good health, and in particular, the omega-3 and omega-6 fats alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid must be obtained from the diet, as they cannot be made by the body.
The Western diet tends to contain more omega-6 fatty acids (mainly from cooking oils such as canola, sunflower, safflower and corn oils) than omega-3 (from fish, eggs, nuts and seeds), and many experts believe this balance should be reversed for optimal health effects.
Because fish are a primary source of omega-3s, vegetarians, vegans and others who don’t eat much seafood may be missing out on this important fatty acid, and may benefit from supplementary sources of omega-3.
Blackmores Flaxseed Oil is an organic vegetarian source of omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids.
Fatty acids are incorporated into every cell membrane in the body in the form of compounds called phospholipids. Cell membranes play the vital role of regulating what goes into, and what comes out of, each cell. For example, when a cell membrane is functioning optimally, it retains vital nutrients and electrolytes, has the ability to communicate with other cells, and is responsive to hormones.
The types of phospholipids present in the body influence the integrity and fluidity of the cell membranes. Cell membranes that are predominantly comprised of phospholipids from essential fatty acids such as those found in Blackmores Flaxseed Oil function more effectively than those derived from saturated fats or trans fatty acids.
Fatty acids like those found in Blackmores Flaxseed Oil are used in the production of leukotrienes and prostaglandins – compounds that are important in the body’s processes for dealing with inflammation and swelling in the joints, skin and other tissues. Inadequate dietary intake of these essential fatty acids may lead to dryness, scaling and redness of the skin.
The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil also support cardiovascular health.