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seed is an excellent source of both fiber and essential fatty acids. The
nutrient rich seeds are cold pressed
to extract the oil, which is a mixture of essential fatty acids. The
fibrous meal remaining after cold pressing provides fiber and lignans.
There are still remnants of the flax oil in the meal, so it also
contains some essential fatty acids. These flax seed constituents are
good companions for providing important nutrients and can be taken
separately or together to enjoy their health benefits.
Flax Oil™, begins with independently certified organic flax seeds. This
third party certification ensures that the plants are grown without
using pesticides or herbicides.
prevent oxidation, rancidity and the formation of free radicals, we
exclude oxygen, and most importantly, light during manufacturing and
bottling. Our black opaque bottles provide complete and continuous
protection from the destructive effects of light and are flushed with
inert gas to displace any remaining oxygen.
Golden Flax Meal™
fiber (also known as “roughage”) is material that remains in good
part undigested. However,
it does have many benefits. Golden Flax Meal is almost 40% fiber,
containing both soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fiber, being
predominantly indigestible, mostly passes through the body unchanged. It
binds with water, reducing constipation. People who eat a lot of high
fiber foods have lower rates of many common gastrointestinal
studies have determined that soluble fiber helps maintain healthy
cholesterol levels,4,5 and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.*5,6,7
addition to fibers (including lignans), Golden Flax Meal retains most of
the nutrients in whole flax seeds including some essential fatty acids,
proteins, vitamins and minerals.
plant lignans present in flax meal (43 mg per tablespoon) are fiber-like
phytochemicals that are transformed into “animal” lignan in the
colon by bacteria. Lignans
are naturally found in foods high in dietary fiber, and are structurally
similar to estrogens. Like
natural estrogens, they can bind to estrogen receptors, but without
causing abnormal changes.*8 Plant
lignans have been shown to help inhibit abnormal cell growth and help
the immune system do its job.*9 Flax
seed is the most abundant source of lignans.
Golden Flax Oil™
major components of all fats are fatty acids. Our bodies use many
specific fatty acids to maintain normal function. Essential fatty acids
(EFAs) function as building blocks in membranes of every cell in the
body.*8 They also insulate nerves, cushion and protect tissues, and
contribute to healthy skin and hair.* Prostaglandins,
hormone-like substances necessary for many aspects of health
maintenance, are produced from EFAs.*10 All but two can be synthesized
by our bodies. These two essential fatty acids come from the omega-3 and
omega-6 groups. They must be obtained from foods or dietary supplements.
(alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids are found
in polyunsaturated fats, and are the unsaturated-cis
form. In an effort to
stabilize and extend the shelf life of the more fragile polyunsaturated
oils, commercial manufacturers often add hydrogen in a process called
hydrogenation. Hydrogen is forced into the fatty acid to saturate and
solidify the oils. The
natural molecular shape of all chemical bonds in EFAs not filled with
hydrogen is the cis form. Fatty acids containing cis
bonds are easily incorporated into the membranes of the human cells.
When subjected to hydrogenation, some of the cis
bonds change to trans bonds. These trans fatty
acids have now been associated with an increased risk of heart
the most important benefit of omega-3 fatty acids is their ability to
strengthen the cardiovascular system.*10,11,12,13
Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate cholesterol and triglyceride
levels in the blood.14 An
excellent source of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs is Nature’s Life
certified organic, unrefined Golden Flax Oil.
Hints & Recipes
Flax Meal may be used as a tasty alternative to bran or psyllium seed
meal. With a delicious nutty taste, Golden Flax Meal can be stirred into
water or blended with fruits, cereals, yogurt, or juices.
It may also be used in cooking. Try it in muffins or other baking
or as an extender in vegetable or meat loaves and patties.
Golden Flax Oil may be used in blended drinks, salad oils and
baking. The rich taste of
flax oil adds a wonderful creamy taste and texture to protein shakes and
enhances the flavor of salad dressings.
For copies of recipes, contact Nature’s Life.
fatty acids are just that–essential for survival, and fibers
are necessary for a healthy colon.* Nature’s Life golden flax seeds
are an excellent source of both these nutrients.
Certified organically grown and manufactured to our strict GMPs,
Golden Flax Oil, and Golden Flax Meal, can be used as a healthy source
of EFAs and fiber. Every
cell in your body needs good nutrition. Get yours from a proven source
of healthy, quality nutrients–Nature’s Life golden flax products.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Fat is a
headline-maker. Newspapers, magazines and the evening news regularly
attack fat as a contributor to obesity, heart disease and dozens of
other modern diseases. But only part of the story is being told in these
reports. Not all fats are bad. In fact, the essential
fatty acids (EFA), as their name implies, are absolutely essential
for good health.
Facts on Fats
are one of the three categories of dietary macro-nutrients;
the others being carbohydrates and protein. The category of fats is
further divided into the classes of saturated,
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
first category of fats, saturated fatty acids, are solid at room
temperature and found in such foods as butter, margarine, beef, chicken
and coconut oil. Saturated fats are responsible for most of the bad
press about fats. As a result the U.S. government, doctors and
nutritionists recommend that Americans limit their intake of
"bad" saturated fats.
second category of fats, monounsaturated fatty acids, are liquid at room
temperature. Monounsaturated fats, such as olive and canola oils, form
the basis of the healthful Mediterranean diet. Monounsaturated oils are
less likely to oxidize than polyunsaturated fats when used for
stir-frying and other cooking.
fatty acids are the third category . Examples of polyunsaturated fats
are flax oil, safflower oil, walnut oil and most other vegetable oils.
Like monounsaturated fats, these oils are liquid at room temperature.
However, polyunsaturated fats break down at high temperatures and should
not be used for high-temperature cooking.
essential fatty acids are found in polyunsaturated fats. The two types
of essential fatty acids are:
Trans-fatty Acids: The Ugly Fats
acids are created from
polyunsaturated fats during exposure to heat or in a process called hydrogenation.
Margarine and other processed fats have undergone hydrogenation to
become trans-fatty acids. As a result, these fats are closer in
composition to saturated fats.*1
long-term effects of trans-fatty acids in the diet are not known, but
some harmful effects have been found.*1,2,3 Women who consume the most
trans-fatty acids have a 50 percent increased risk of heart disease.*2
One study concluded that trans-fatty acids are as bad as saturated fat
since trans-fatty acids reduce levels of the “good” cholesterol
while raising those of the “bad” cholesterol.*1
fatty acids contribute to the maintenance of a healthy body in several
ways. For example, they are an important component of cell membranes,
help insulate the nerves, cushion and protect the tissues, help produce
hormone-like substances called prostaglandins,
and contribute to healthy skin and hair.*
seeds and most vegetable oils are rich sources of the omega-6 fatty
acids. An important type of omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic
acid (GLA), is found in black currant seed, borage and evening
is an abundant source for omega-3 fatty acids. Eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA) are two types of fatty acids in fish oil; while some
vegetable sources, such as flax oil, contain alpha-linolenic acid.
Apparently, the fatty acids in vegetables can be converted to EPA and
DHA, since these substances are found in the blood of strict
vegetarians.*4 Omega-3 fatty acids are destroyed in the manufacture of
partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
the cardiovascular system may be the most important benefit of omega-3
fatty acids.* Fish oil helps regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.*5 Years ago, scientists were
impressed by the healthy cardiovascular systems of Greenland Eskimos,
such as their low triglycerides, moderate cholesterol levels and
“thinner” blood, which was slower to clot. When researchers examined
their diets, they discovered the unusual fatty acids EPA and DHA derived
from a diet based on fish, seal and walrus.6, 7
with greater amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets are also more
likely to have healthy hearts.*8 Adding fish oil, EPA or DHA to the
diets of Europeans or Americans has been shown to produce the same
desirable blood “thinning” effect seen in Eskimos.*9
a few studies have not found a significant heart-protective effect from
eating fish.10 11 However, these few negative trials do find that people
who eat some fish have a trend toward healthier cardiovascular
fatty acids lessen the amount of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins made in
the body,12 which lessens
the painful inflammatory response.*13 Both DHA and EPA reduce levels of
a specific prostaglandin, called prostaglandin-E2, which would otherwise
interfere with proper immune function.*14
addition, omega-3 fatty acids help maintain soft, smooth skin. Diets
deficient in this essential fatty acid result in unhealthy, scaly skin.
Adding omega-3 fatty acids back into the diet provides relief from this
troubling skin condition.*15
Benefits of Omega 6 Fatty Acids
fatty acids are the most common type of fat in the average diet. The
omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic, arachidonic,
and gamma-linolenic (GLA) fatty acids, act as precursors to the majority
of prostaglandins. Omega-6 fatty acids are key structural components of
cell membranes, and are an integral part of the myelin
sheath, which protects nerves.16
to several double-blind research studies, GLA-rich black currant seed,
evening primrose seed and borage oils help reduce swelling and
inflammatory response in joints*4, 17, 18, 19a by significantly reducing
the body’s production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.*17
The GLA dosages used in research studies varied from 480 mg to 1,500 mg
acid may help reduce elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
when supplements of 3,000 mg of GLA-rich oil are taken daily.*20 GLA has
also been shown to significantly decrease blood-clotting.*20
Ideal Intake of Essential Fatty Acids
on a traditional diet consume approximately 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily, which is equivalent to about a pound of
salmon. Yet, men including as little as one-half pound of fatty fish in
their diet every week were found to have healthier cardiovascular
systems compared to non-fish eaters.*21 Researchers from Sweden report
that fish has a “dose-dependent” effect; that is, the more fish in
your diet, the healthier your heart.*22 While optimal intake of omega-3
fatty acids remains unknown, some researchers recommend a daily intake
of 3,000 mg. *23, 24
prevent a deficiency in adults, about two percent of daily calories
should be derived from omega-6
fatty acids. This is equivalent to approximately 4.5 grams of omega-6
fatty acids. Since vegetable oils contain an average of 60 percent
omega-6 fatty acids, about 2 teaspoons of oil should be adequate to
prevent deficiencies. Nutritionists do not know the optimal intake of
omega-6 fatty acids, however, most Americans are believed to consume
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