Flaxseed Oil: An Essential Fatty Acid
Naturopathic Tip of the Month:
Essential fatty acids (or EFAs) play a critical role in our normal physiology and may help prevent many degenerative diseases. Flaxseed oil, for example, contains both omega-6 and the very important omega-3 fatty acid from a vegetarian source. It has been suggested that flaxseed oil may have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and the nervous system. Look for organic unrefined flaxseed oil for best results. But remember…flaxseed oil can be easily damaged by heat and light so it should be stored in your refrigerators and it must not be used in cooking. The best way to get your daily intake of flaxseed oil is to incorporate it into your food. Try using it as a salad dressing or adding it to your cereal!!
As there are many types of essential fatty acids, seek advice from your Naturopathic Doctor to see which one is most appropriate for you.