Viridian 100% Golden Flax Seed Oil
What is Organic Golden Flaxseed Oil?
Viridian’s 100% Organic Golden Flaxseed Oil has been formulated to deliver the ideal nutritional oil for the maintenance of healthy joints, immunity, brain development and reducing inflammation in the skin and body. This oil is certified organic by the Soil Association and is pressed in the United Kingdom using first cold pressed seed only, to ensure purity. The 100% Organic Golden Flaxseed Oil is a perfect vegan alternative to those wanting an oil dominant in omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known as ‘good fats’, these are often found in fish, flax and other oils. Fats are a major source of energy and they help to protect internal organs, aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients. In addition, they form part of the cell membranes, control blood sugar levels, inflammation and are also involved in neurological activity .
Flaxseed oil contains unsaturated fatty acids including, linolenic acid, linoleic acid and oleic acid. Flaxseed oil contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid which range from 40%-60% and it is well known for being the most concentrated plant sources of omega-3 fatty acid. Flaxseed oil is low in saturated fatty acids containing as low as 9%, 18% of monosaturated fatty acids and 73% polyunsaturated fatty acids. In addition, flaxseed is a rich source of lignans and phytoestrogens. Lignans are a group of polyphenols found in plant foods, such as grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Phytoestrogens naturally occur in plants and are found in fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Canada, China, United States, India and Ethiopia are growing countries for flaxseed with Canada being the world’s largest producer with a production of 0.42 million tonnes in 2010. Flaxseeds are available in brown, yellow or golden, these have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short chain omega 3 fatty acids .
Seeds of the plant have been used historically for a variety of conditions, including upper respiratory tract infections, constipation, abdominal pain, urinary tract infections and skin inflammation. Flaxseed oil has been used in several medicinal ways including topically as a skin demulcent and orally for arthritis, weight loss, heart disease and benign prostatic hypertrophy 3. Today flaxseed and flaxseed oil are used widely as dietary supplements for constipation, diabetes, cholesterol and other conditions. They are often made into tablets, extracts, capsules, powder and flour. Flax and flaxseed oil have been incorporated into many baked foods, juices, milk and dairy products, muffins, dry pasta and meat products .
What is Flaxseed Oil used for?
Flaxseed Oil and CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT
The cardiovascular system refers to a system of the heart and blood vessels (including arteries, veins and capillaries). Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Clinical studies have supported the use of flaxseed for its anti- inflammatory action and inhibition of arrhythmias 5. Flaxseed oil has shown encouraging effects through the improvement of cardiovascular health. Alpha linolenic acid can be converted into long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in humans and therefore may reproduce the beneficial effects of fish oils.
Dyslipidaemia refers to unhealthy levels of one or more kinds of lipids in the blood, often caused by lifestyle factors. A prospective trial administered 8g/day of alpha linolenic acid from flaxseed oil to middle-aged dyslipidaemia men over a 12-week period. Results shown an encouraging reduction in median blood pressure reading of 3-6% in comparison to a similar high intake of linoleic acid from saf- flower oil .
Flaxseed Oil and Polycystic Ovaries
Flaxseed is high in lignans, these polyphenols are found in a variety of plant-based foods including seeds, whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables. Flaxseeds are the rich- est source of lignan precursors, these compounds are part of a healthful diet and contribute to hormonal functions.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 4-8%~ of women of reproductive age. PCOS is a known endocrine disorder which is categorised by four key features: ovulatory and menstrual dysfunction, hyperandrogenaemia, clinical features of hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovaries .
A study evaluated the effects of flaxseed oil omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on metabolic status of individuals who have PCOS. Over a 12-week intervention 1000mg of flaxseed omega-3 supplementation significantly decreased insulin levels and resulted in significant decreases in serum triglycerides compared to the placebo. This study showed encouraging effects of flaxseed oil omega-3 supplementation in those with PCOS and displayed beneficial effects on insulin metabolism, serum triglycerides and hs-CRP levels .
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY properties of Flax Seed Oil.
Inflammation is the body’s immune systems response to an irritant and so the body tries to fight against the harmful irritant. Many things can cause inflammation, the most common ones being: Pathogens, external injuries, effects of chemicals and radiation. In addition, diseases or medical conditions can cause inflammation, these include: Cystitis, bronchitis, otitis media and dermatitis. Symptoms to look out for which may be a sign of acute inflammation are, redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function .
Flaxseed Oil for Ulcerative colitis
is a long-term condition which causes the colon and rectum to become inflamed and develops tiny open sores or ulcers. Another study evaluated inflammatory markers in patients with ulcerative colitis over a 12-week period. This study found that supplementing with 10g/day of flaxseed oil reduced inflammatory markers, disease severity, blood pressure and waist circumference .
Flaxseed Oil and BONE HEALTH
A study investigated the effects of flaxseed oil, on serum markers of bone formation and resorption in haemodialysis patients. Patients in the flaxseed oil group received 6g/d of flaxseed oil for 8 weeks, the control group received 6g/d of medium chain triglyceride oil. The results from this study indicated the serum N telopeptide concentration decreased significantly up to 17% in the flaxseed oil group by 8 weeks, this reduction was significant in comparison to the control group. Overall, this study indicates that daily consumption of 6g/day of flaxseed oil may reduce bone resorption in haemodialysis patients .
Flaxseed Oil and BRAIN HEALTH
Many individuals are deficient in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid important for brain and eye development. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the central nervous system. This omega 3 fatty acid is crucial for the visual and neural development in children. Low levels of DHA have been associated with dementia and cognitive decline in adults 13. Mechanisms for the benefits of omega-3s in depression are as follows: Improved neuronal membrane stability, improved serotonin and dopamine transmission, decreased 5-HT2 re- ceptors and increased D2 receptors in the frontal cortex, metabolites reducing inflammation in the brain and resolving anti-inflammatory effects .
Metabolic syndrome is a combination a chronic disease with inflammatory and hypercoagulable states.
A study aimed to compare the effects of flaxseed oil and sunflower oil consumption on inflammatory parameters, in patients with metabolic syndrome. Patients were split into 2 groups, the first group received 25mL/day of flaxseed oil and the second group received 25mL/day of sunflower oil for 7 weeks. The study results revealed that flaxseed oil had encouraging effects on reducing the inflammatory status. Both fatty acids lead to a decrease in the production of prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4, resulting in the decrease in production of inflammatory markers .
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that promotes an important role in neuronal survival and growth and is essential for learning and memory. A study aimed to measure the plasma levels of BDNF following the consumption of flaxseed oil, a rich source of polyunsaturated omega 3 fatty acid ALA. Subjects had no underlying diseases or medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus or hypertension. The subjects were asked to consume 3 capsules of 1000mg flaxseed oil, containing 530mg ALA each, daily for 7 days. Blood test results measured the levels of BDNF and were shown to have significantly increased with the consumption of flaxseed oil .
How does Flaxseed Oil help SKIN HEALTH
In the Western population skin sensitivity is a common problem and is often correlated with changes of skin properties such as barrier function, hydration and skin physiology. Data in this study indicates that daily intake of flaxseed oil modulates skin condition. A study was carried out as a 12-week intervention with 2 female treatment groups, this study aimed to evaluate the effect of daily supplementation with flaxseed oil and safflower seed oil on healthy individuals with sensitive skin. Supplementation with flaxseed oil was shown to lead to a significant decrease in skin sensitivity, roughness and scaling, whilst smoothness and hydration of the skin were notably increased . Alt- hough the benefits on supplementation with flaxseed oil were noted, the dose of flaxseed oil used in the study was not determined.
How does Flaxseed Oil help with IMMUNE FUNCTION
Flaxseed contains two components which affect the immune system: alpha linolenic acid and lignans, a type of phytoestrogen. Both of these compounds affect immune cells and facilitators of the immune response such as eicosanoids and cytokines. Latest research suggests that ALA and lignans in flaxseed modulate the immune response and may be helpful in the management of autoimmune diseases. Flaxseed lignans are potent inhibitors of platelet activating factor, a facilitator of inflammation. Through these effects’ flaxseed may be useful in treating disorders characterized by activated lymphocytes and a hyper-stimulated immune response. Some disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and systemic lupus erythematosus .
Directions: As a food supplement, take one to three teaspoons daily with food, or as directed by your healthcare professional. This highly nutritious oil can be added to fruit or vegetable smoothies, salad dressings, dips, soups or as a condiment drizzled onto vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes etc... or just taken from the spoon.
Approx. 40 teaspoons per bottle.
Each 5ml teaspoon typically provides:
|Organic golden flax seed oil||100%|
|Alpha linolenic acid (Omega 3)||2450mg|
|Linoleic acid (Omega 6)||750mg|
|Oleic acid (Omega 9)||770mg|
|Take alongside Viridian's High Five Multivitamin and Mineral Veg Caps, or your favourite multivitamin from Viridian Nutrition.|