A lack of omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids in the diet may be reflected in symptoms such as low energy, fatigue, weight gain, weakened immune response, memory lapses, mood swings, poor circulation, dry skin, dry hair and dandruff, excess earwax and problems associated with skin, joints, digestion and connective tissue. Over the long term, omega-3 deficiencies can even contribute to a number of serious health concerns.

For new moms and moms-to-be, obtaining required levels of omega-3 EFAs during pregnancy and nursing promotes the optimal growth and development of children. If the mother is well nourished, her breast milk contains Essential Fatty Acids, while infant formula is often lacking in important EFAs.
 
The body cannot make Essential Fatty Acids on its own—they must be obtained through foods or supplements. The average modern diet is woefully lacking in these foundational fats because very few foods actually contain omega-3s. They are found in substantial quantities only in flax, walnuts, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, tofu, shellfish and coldwater fish including sardines, herring, salmon and tuna.

Fish oil supplements have become very popular in recent years, but many people do not realize that flax seed oil actually contains more than twice as much of these healthy omega-3 fatty acids as fish oil. The omega-3s in fish oil are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), while flax oil contains the parent omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha linolenic acid). EPA is needed by the body for circulation and heart health, while DHA is needed primarily for brain and eye health.

The good news about flax oil is that a healthy body naturally converts the ALA into EPA and DHA, so obtaining enough ALA provides all the omega-3s fatty acids your body needs. ALA also provides additional benefits for the central nervous system, modulating inflammatory responses and maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. In addition to providing ALA, flax oil has a number of other advantages over fish oil. Flax oil is less expensive and has a pleasant, nutty flavour without a fishy taste, so it can be used in more recipes. Flax oil is the ideal choice for vegetarians who do not want to consume fish, and it is a better option for people worried about ocean-borne contaminants such as mercury, lead or PCBs. Flax oil is also the superior choice for those who are concerned about environmental issues like sustainability and global overfishing.

Flora pioneered the production of fresh-pressed flax oil in North America in the 1980s and continues to set the standard. Flora starts with 100% certified organic flax locally grown by Canadian farmers. Free of gluten and GMO ingredients, Flora™ Flax Oil is produced by unique, customized expeller presses at low temperatures. A special atmosphere-control system ensures the pressing environment is oxygen-free and light-free to minimize damage to the fragile EFAs. Flora’s Flax Oil is bottled with nitrogen (to prevent oxidation) in light-resistant, non-reactive, dark amber glass bottles to preserve freshness.

Flora™ Flax Oil provides about 8 grams of omega-3 per tablespoon, which is more than enough to satisfy the 1.3 grams of ALA recommended by nutritionists for the daily requirement for adults.

Many people use Flora™ Flax Oil in fruit shakes and power smoothies. This nutritious oil can be used on a variety of hot and cold dishes and healthy snacks from yogurt to peanut butter. It can also be used as a substitute for butter, but it should never be used for cooking as high heat will destroy the healthful properties of the oil.

To take your family’s omega-3 nutrition to the next level, try Flora™ Flax Oil in the following recipes:

Dill Dressing
•    1/3 cup minced fresh dill
•    1/4 cup cider vinegar or lemon juice
•    1-1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
•    1/2 tsp honey or rice syrup
•    1/2 cup Flora™ Flax Oil   

In a bowl or blender mix everything except the flax oil. Trickle the oil in slowly while blending or whisking vigorously, until the dressing is thick and smooth. Keep extra dressing refrigerated in a dark bottle for later use. Try it over salad, grains, vegetables, fish, etc.

Ginger Dressing
•    3 Tbsp Flora™ Flax Oil
•    1 to 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
•    1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
•    1 garlic clove, minced  

Mix the same way as the Dill Dressing.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato & Basil
•   8 oz dry pasta (spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
•   2 ½ cups fresh ripe tomatoes, diced
•   ¼ cup tomato juice
•   1 clove garlic, minced
•   ½ tsp salt
•   ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 
•   ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
•   ¼ cup Flora™ Flax Oil 

To make pasta: Cook according to package instructions and keep pasta warm. To make the sauce: In a large pan, combine tomatoes, juice, garlic and salt. Cover and simmer until tomatoes are softened. Add basil and oil, and toss with warm pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes four 1 1/3 cup servings.

Breakfast Smoothie

Blend:
•   1 cup milk or soy milk
•   3/4 cup organic orange juice
•   1 or 2 tsp Manuka Health Manuka Honey 
•   1 banana
•   1 cup fresh or frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc)
•   1 Tbsp whey or soy protein powder
•   2 Tbsp Flora™ Flax Oil

Strawberry Shake

Blend:
•    1 cup organic frozen strawberries
•    ¼ cup organic orange juice
•    1 banana
•    ¼ cup organic plain yogurt or soygurt
•    1 or 2 tsp Manuka Health Manuka Honey
•     2 Tbsp Flora™ Flax Oil