Types of nutritional oils
Nutritional oils have beneficial properties that are best when unrefined, raw and unheated. After opening, keep them refrigerated and use within three to four months. Many are available in liquid or capsule form.
Fish Oils are an important source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and often are called the “thinker’s oil” because they’re rich in DHA, a fatty acid important for brain and eye health. Fish oils also contain EPA, another omega-3 that helps reduce inflammation and blood pressure, and improve blood flow. Choose a brand that’s labeled to show the oils have been tested and do not contain mercury, heavy metals or other contaminants. Flax oil is one of the richest vegetarian sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Our bodies can convert ALA into EPA and DHA to some degree. Supplementing your diet with flax oil may improve the balance of blood fats and help reduce inflammation. A healthy balance also may strengthen energy and immunity, encourage hormonal balance, and support smoother skin. Flax oil is available at PCC with added ground flax seed or flax lignans (the fiber in flaxseeds), which exhibit antioxidant properties. Chia seed oil and hemp seed oil also provide ALA and can be used as a dietary source of omega-3s.
Oils for GLA
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid, but functions more like an omega-3 — reducing inflammation, easing arthritis, and supporting healthy skin and hormone function (e.g. PMS and menopause). Borage, evening primrose, black currant and hemp oils are excellent sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Each has a slightly different amount of GLA, so dosage can vary.
PCC offers a selection of nutritional oil blends, formulated for people who prefer one product with a combination of essential fatty acids. An example would be a blend containing flax, evening primrose and borage oils.