It’s hard to believe, but for once I might have been ahead of the nutritional curve. It has been with something of a sense of wonder that I’ve read about health claims for flaxseed and flaxseed oil over the past few years, because I’ve been taking flaxseed oil since 2001.
Without getting into too many details, I have a chronic gastronintestinal issue, and a doctor suggested I start on flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement. When I asked about specific brands, one of two he recommended was the flaxseed oil from Barlean’s Organic Oils, and I’ve ingested it almost daily since. I believe it’s helped on several fronts.
In addition to being certified organic, Barlean’s Organic Oils Flaxseed Oil is unrefined, unfiltered, refrigerated, and has a date code right on the bottle — the latter being something I don’t see on all flaxseed oils. It’s also certified kosher. According to the company, flaxseed oil can assist with nutritional support of everything from heart health to joint mobility and bone density to reasonable cholesterol levels. This flaxseed oil comes in both liquid and capsules. Recognizing that not everyone might enjoy the taste of this oil, both Cinnamon and Lemonade variations of the liquid are offered.
But don’t think that the folks at Barlean’s restrict themselves to just one type of supplement! Fish oils, Evening Primrose Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax Oil Blends, Forti-Flax (Ground Flax Seed), and a greens supplement are just some of the other choices available. As is always the case with dietary supplements, it’s useful to do your homework and be your own advocate. Read up on the individual ingredients from a reputable website or publication, and see if you think you might benefit from them. And ask your doctor if something you’d like to start taking would be a good choice for you. Barlean’s Organic Oils can be purchased online, but I’ve also found them in a wide variety of stores.
Get your flax on.
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