We are always told to have vegetables along with our meal. I being a vegetarian, vegetables have to be a part of my daily diet. I do consume and line vegetables, but not in the form where it could provide maximum health benefits. My form of vegetable is cooking it well in oil with Indian spices adding flavor into it.
One of my colleagues brings boiled vegetables for lunch very frequently and I have always admired how she is able to eat the boiled vegetable on almost daily basis, which are not as palatable as the spiced up veggies. She told that she hadbeen eating them for a while and got use to it. Also, she added an oil called Flaxseed oil in the boiled vegetables, which is known to provide additional health benefits.
Although new to me, Flaxseed oil has been around for generations. Flaxseed oil comes from a plant called Flax or linseed. Flax has been cultivated from ancient times (even before 30,000 BC) for its fiber and seed. Flaxseed is believed to provide nutritional benefits as it contains high level of dietary fiber including lignans, micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. I am sure you have seen omega-3 fatty acid supplements at your local pharmacy mostly from fish oil.
· reduction of triglycerides, which is a type of fat found in the blood
· anti-inflammatory activity; action against blood clots and...
· protection of the neurons and retina
Is there difference between omega3 fatty acid from Flaxseed oil and fish oil?
Omega3 fatty acid in fish oil is mainly composed of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), whereas the major component in the flaxseed oil is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is known to be a precursor of EPA and DHA, which is converted to those fatty acids in the body.
As per Dr. Sheldon S. Hendler, co-editor of “PDR for Nutritional Supplements” the studies reveal that EPA and DHA have ability to lower abnormally elevated serum triglycerides, a risk factor in cardiovascular diseases, especially among diabetic
What is the recommended amount of omega3 fatty acid?
It is recommended to have four grams of EPA and DHA to improve your heart health. Dr. Hendler said that it takes 40 grams of ALA (~ three table spoon) to produce four grams of EPA and DHA in the body.
It looks like that fish oil is beneficial due to the omega3 fatty acid. If you are a type of vegetarian, who do not prefer eating fish oil; can consider adding Flaxseed oil in your daily diet to gain some of those benefits.