Flaxseed Oil

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Common Flax

Flaxseed oil contains high quantities of Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA), the omega-3 fatty acid which can be converted to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) in the body (see Omega-3 Supplements). Flaxseed oil also contains smaller amounts of Linoleic acid (LA), the omega-6 fatty acid that is converted to Arachidonic Acid (AA) in the body (see Omega-6 Supplements).

Studies have shown that flaxseed oil may help improve acne; however, studies have also indicated that the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA in the body is inefficient, with men converting it even less efficiently than women. Also, having diabetes or schizophrenia may make the body less able to convert ALA to EPA and DHA efficiently. Therefore fish oil supplements which contain EPA and DHA may be a better choice (see Fish Oil) to help minimize inflammation.

As a warning, omega-3 fatty acids have a blood-thinning quality and should be used cautiously by those with a bleeding or bruising problem, or those on blood-thinning medications.


See the following links for more precautions or possible interactions:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsSupplements/Omega3FattyAcidscs.html

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/othernuts/omega3fa