Try This: Flaxseed Oil

By: LAUREN SALE

The National Institute of Health has reported that Americans consume too many Omega-6 fats (unhealthy kind) and not nearly enough Omega-3 fatty acids (good kind). The benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids are endless. Some people regard Omega-3s as the cure all for everything from to aging to blood pressure. However, taking the supplements in their popular form- fish oil- can be problematic for those who aren’t a fan of fish (Fish burps- Ew! I’ll pass). Flaxseeds are a common and vegetarian alternative to those who are interested in benefits of the incredible fat without the fishiness.

Flaxseed is a fiber and healthy fat packed super food. With their subtle, nutty flavor, these seeds go well with a variety of foods like muffins, granola, and smoothies. As a supplement, it is available in a thick, oil form or a gel capsule. One to two servings of a flaxseed oil supplement every day are plenty to reap the benefits.

Multiple studies from organizations such as the National Institute of Health, American Heart Association and Framingham Heart Study’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have declared that Omega-3 fatty acids can improve memory loss, boost hair, skin and nail quality, reduce deadly heart diseases, lower blood cholesterol, and reduce joint aches.

Personal recommendations include: homemade flaxseed granola bars and Barlean’s Flaxseed Oil Omega Swirls. Try picking up a carton of flaxseeds or a supplement to improve your health and wellness!

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