Flax seed oil a natural, concentrated source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Douglas Laboratories® organic flax seed oil provides 50% ALA, as well as significant amounts of oleic acid (Omega-9) and the essential linoleic acid (Omega-6) in their natural triglyceride forms.
Flax seed oil is a natural, concentrated source of the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Douglas Laboratories® Flax Seed Oil is organic and comprised of 50% ALA, as well as significant amounts of
oleic acid and the essential linoleic acid in their natural triglyceride forms. Flax seed oil is extracted without the
damaging effects of heat, light or oxygen, using a mechanical expeller press. Through this process, the oil is
never exposed to temperatures above 96º F, retaining the contents of naturally occurring fatty acids,
phosphatides, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
• Alpha-linolenic omega-3 fatty acid support
Sufficient dietary levels of ALA and other omega-3 fatty acids are important for healthy mucous membranes,
skin and hair, while also serving as precursors for steroid production and hormone synthesis. Throughout our
evolution, humans have been accustomed to diets providing roughly equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3
fatty acids. However, over the last 200 years, the ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids has
increased from about 1:1 to 20–25:1. Leading health professionals recommend ratios between 4:1 and 10:1.
Dietary linoleic acid (18:2 omega-6) is a precursor to arachidonic acid (20:4), which, in turn, is a precursor to
pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4, and platelet-aggregating thromboxane A2. The omega3 fatty acid ALA provides a natural counterbalance because it is metabolized to the long-chain omega-3 fatty
acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which serve as precursors to
prostaglandins E1 and E3, and may avert the formation of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2.‡
Typical diets in developed countries deliver large amounts of saturated fatty acids, as well as the
polyunsaturated omega-6 linoleic and arachidonic acids, but low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3
fatty acid recommendation to achieve nutritional adequacy, defined as the amount necessary to prevent
deficiency symptoms, is 0.6–1.2% of energy for ALA, up to 10% of which can be provided by EPA or DHA.‡
FLAX SEED OIL (SOFTGELS)