Consuming flax seed oil fat is a great way to get lots of omega 3 short chain fatty acids. And these omega 3 fatty acids can be converted by your body into the more powerful long chained omega 3's.
There is confusion concerning the successful conversion of the short chain fatty acids found in flax seeds into the longer chained fatty acids called EPA and DHA.
You can learn how to boost this conversion to get the most from flax seed oil fat and from whole flax seeds for your daily omega 3 requirements.
Whole Brown Flax Seeds
Golden Flax Seeds
Flax seed has a tough surface that needs to be penetrated or broken up in order for the properties found in flax seeds to be released. You should buy your flax seeds whole because ground flax seeds cost more and they are much too perishable once you grind them.
It's best to keep your whole flax seeds in a dark airtight container and in the refrigerator to preserve their essential fatty acids until you are ready to grind them. To make ground flax seeds, just use a small coffee grinder or a high speed blender.
1 Tablespoon per day is considered a healthy dosage for most
adults. You can sprinkle ground flax seeds on your favorite cereal,
soup, yogurt, or smoothie. Remember that flax seeds are high in phytic acid! You may want to soak and sprout these seeds before consuming them on a regular basis.
And the amount of omega 3 short chain fatty acids found in ground flax seeds will be quite a bit lower than the amount found in flax seed oil.
It's important to buy high quality flax seed oil - preferably unrefined, cold-pressed, and organic. 1 Tablespoon of flax seed oil will provide 7 to 8 Grams of Omega 3 short chain fatty acids.
Heat, light, and oxygen or air will breakdown the essential fatty
acids found in flax seed oil fat. Therefore, look for flax seed oil that comes in a dark colored bottles and preferably found in the refrigerator section.
Buy smaller amounts of this oil instead of purchasing a large bottle because once you open a bottle of this polyunsaturated oil - it will start to go rancid within 24 hours. You can also buy flax seed oil fat in light-resistant capsules which may be a lot more economical.
Always check the "Best Before Date" when purchasing and Never Heat or Cook with Flax Seed Oil Fat!Go to Flax Seed Oil Benefits