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Flaxseed, Grape Seed, and Primrose Oils
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 EFAs (essential fatty acids), magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
Your body has to process the omega-3s in plant-based foods before it can use them.
In contrast, omega-3s from fish are ready for your body to use.
Most experts agree your body uses only 10% or less of omega-3s from plant-based foods.
Both seeds and oils are a good source of the B vitamins, protein, and zinc.
They’re low in saturated fats and calories, and contain no cholesterol.
The nutty taste of ground flaxseeds is pleasant, and they can be mixed with water or any fruit or vegetable juice.
They can also be added to salads, soups, yogurt, cereals, baked goods, or fresh juices.
You can grind these tiny seeds in a coffee grinder.
If you prefer not to eat the seeds, you can use flaxseed oil as an alternative.
Like the seeds from which it is extracted, organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil is rich in EFAs.
Several studies have shown it can reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling of arthritis.
It’s been found to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and to help reduce the hardening effects of cholesterol on cell membranes.
Grape Seed Oil
Of the many natural sources of EFAs, grape seed oil is among the highest in linoleic acid and among the lowest in saturated fats.
Grape seed oil is rich in omega-6 oils, which are essential, but usually we get more than enough omega-6s in our diet, so use it sparingly.
It contains no cholesterol and no sodium.
It has a light, nutty taste that brings out the flavor in many foods.
Unlike most other oils, it can be heated to temperatures as high as 485 degrees F without producing dangerous and possibly carcinogenic free radicals.
These features make it good for use in cooking.
Buy only cold-pressed grape seed oil containing no preservatives.
Primrose oil (also known as evening primrose oil) contains 9-10% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
It’s an anti-inflammatory fatty acid and may help reduce the likelihood of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
It relieves pain and inflammation; enhances the release of sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone; helps lower cholesterol levels; and is beneficial for cirrhosis of the liver.
Many women have found primrose oil supplements relieve unpleasant menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
Because it promotes the production of estrogen, women suffering from estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer should avoid or limit their intake of primrose oil.
Black currant seed oil is a good substitute.
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