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21st Century  Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg - 60 Softgels 21st Century Flaxseed Oil, 1000mg, Softgels - 120 ea 21st Century Flaxseeds - 14 oz (400 g)
Basic Vitamins Fish Oil 1200mg, Flax, Borage - 75 Softgels Basic Vitamins Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg - 100 Softgels Leader Flaxseed 1000Mcg Softgels 120ct
Mason Coconut Oil / Flax Seed Omega 3-6-9 60 softgel Mason Flaxseed Oil 1000mg - 100 Softgels Mason Omega-3-6-9 1200mg Fish, Flax & Borage Oils - 60 softgels
Natrol Flaxseed Oil 1000mg -  90 Capsules Natrol Flaxseed Oil 1000mg - 120 Capsules Natrol Omega-3 1000mg Flax Seed Oil Softgels 200-ct
Nature Made Fish Oil Omega 3-6-9 with EPA and DHA, Flaxseed, Safflower & Olive Oils - 60 Softgels Nature Made Omega-3 Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg - 100 Softgels Nature's Blend Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg Soft Gel - 90 ct.
Nature's Bounty Flax Seeds Cold Milled - 15 oz (425 g) Nature's Bounty Flax, Fish, Borage 1200 mg - 60 Softgels Nature's Bounty Flaxseed Oil 1200 mg - 100 Softgels
Sundown Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg Softgels 100ct Windmill Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg Softgels - 60 ea

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, L.). Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Some researchers think that flaxseed oil might have some of the same benefits as fish oil, but the body is not very efficient at converting ALA into EPA and DHA. And the benefits of ALA, EPA, and DHA are not necessarily the same. Omega-3 fatty acids, usually from fish oil, have been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and arthritis. Studies are mixed about whether flaxseed oil is useful for the same conditions.

Getting a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is important. These essential fats are both examples of polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, while many omega-6 fatty acids tend to contribute to inflammation. A healthy diet should consist of roughly 2 - 4 times fewer omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet, however, tends to contain 14 - 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Many researchers believe this is a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States.

Clinical studies suggest that flaxseed oil and other omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions.

High cholesterol
People who follow a Mediterranean diet tend to have an increased HDL, or "good" cholesterol level. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fish and healthy fats, such as olive oil, and has a healthy balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Whole grains, root and green vegetables, daily portions of fruit, fish and poultry, olive and canola oils, and ALA (from flaxseed, flaxseed oil, and walnuts) are also part of the Mediterranean diet. Red meat and saturated fats are not part of the diet.

However, whether taking flaxseed or flaxseed oil as a supplement can help lower cholesterol is up for debate. Some small studies show it has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels, but at least one double blind study found no evidence that it lowered cholesterol.

Heart disease
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts or legumes, and ALA rich foods may substantially reduce the recurrence of heart disease. One of the best ways to help prevent and treat heart disease is to eat a diet that is low in saturated and trans fat and rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed and fish). Evidence suggests that people who eat an ALA rich diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. ALA may reduce heart disease risks through a variety of ways, including making platelets less ‚Äústicky,‚ÄĚ reducing inflammation, promoting blood vessel health, and reducing risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat).

Several human studies also suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids (including ALA) may lower blood pressure.
However, it' s not clear whether taking flaxseed oil as a supplement would have the same effect on heart health.

Sjogren' s syndrome
Preliminary evidence that suggests taking 1 - 2 g of flaxseed per day can improve the symptoms of dry eye in people with Sjogren' s syndrome. Sjogren' s syndrome is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks glands in the body that produce moisture, like salivary and tear glands.

Studies suggest that flaxseed oil may help prevent the growth of breast tumors. In one Canadian Study, researchers discovered that flaxseed oil prevented breast tumor growth, likely through ALA content. Patients with breast cancer should not take any nutritional supplement without their doctor's approval.

Dietary Sources:
Flaxseed oil comes from the seed of the flax plant. It contains 50 - 60% omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). That is more than is contained in fish oil, but the body is not very efficient at converting ALA into the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils. So ALA from flaxseed may not have the same benefit as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from fish oil.