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Benefits of ALA Omega-3

June 28th, 2019

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What is ALA?

Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) are one of the oldest small oil seeds in the world and are a great source of fats, antioxidants and fiber. Flax seeds are the second best source of ALA after chia seeds, and contain approximately 73% of polyunsaturated fatty acids and 27% of saturated fatty acids. ALA, which stands for alpha-linolenic acid, contains 18 carbons and is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid. Although ALA is an essential fatty acid, the human body cannot produce it on its own; thus, it is crucial that it is obtained or supplemented in the diet. In addition to flax seeds, ALA can also be found in canola, soy, perilla, and walnut oils.

Benefits of ALA

benefits of ala (alpha linolenic acid)

  1. May Improve the Skin

  2. Proper skin care is essential for both men and women because it helps keep the skin healthy and capable to act as the primary defense against the environment. Flax seed oil, which contains high levels of ALA, is one of the best options when it comes to improving the skin because it promotes skin regeneration, reduces inflammation and boosts overall healthy skin. One study was done to evaluate the difference between flax seed oil and safflower seed oil on a group of healthy female volunteers. After the study was conducted, researchers found that those who supplemented with flax seed oil had decreased sensitivity and inflammation, whereas those who supplemented with safflower seed oil barely noticed any difference in their skin.

  3. May Reduce the Risk for Cancer

  4. Several studies have shown that flax seed oil may help reduce the risk for cancer by slowing down the growth of prostate, breast, and bladder cancer cells. Approximately 1/3 of those who are diagnosed with cancer tend to have unhealthy diets and don't get enough exercise. By supplementing with the proper amount of minerals and fatty acids, the risk for cancer can decrease dramatically. In various animal studies, ALA has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote the death of breast cancer cells. One study consisted of mice injected with breast tumor cells. After 8 weeks of daily supplementation with flax seed, the breast cancer cells decreased in number and size.

  5. May Improve Heart Health

  6. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death. Three factors including nutrition, exercise, and elimination of smoking can help reduce the risk for CAD. The modification of nutrition to incorporate increased levels of ALA results in the most significant positive changes. Taking the required amount of ALA results in decreased blood pressure, lower triglycerides, reduced chances of heart attacks and less plaque in the arteries. Some studies have discovered that ALA may also help reduce cholesterol levels. Over a 6 year period, supplementation with ALA may reduce the risk of a heart attack by 59% for both men and women.

  7. High in Fiber

  8. Another superior benefit of flax seed is its high fiber content. This fiber is a water soluble gel forming type of fiber that moves through the gastrointestinal tract undigested. The main benefit of fiber is that it can help slow down the movement of food from emptying into the small intestine, thus increasing nutrient absorption, while making you feel fuller so you eat less. In addition, flax seed fiber can improve overall digestive health and relieve constipation or diarrhea.

  9. High in Antioxidants

  10. Flax seed is packed with polyphenol anti-oxidants, which are substances that protect the cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when food is digested or when the body is exposed to tobacco smoke. Flax seeds are so high in polyphenol anti-oxidants that they rank 9th out of the top 100 commonly eaten foods! When compared to fruits like blueberries and raspberries, flax seeds significantly beat them in terms of the amount of anti-oxidants available. High levels of antioxidants have been tied with decreased risk for diabetes and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Why Use Flax Seed Based Omega-3?

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What is NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 Powder?

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NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 powder is the leading flax seed based Omega-3 powder. Not only is it manufactured in Ventura, California, but it also received a patent for the manufacturing technology in 2012. What makes the NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 powder so unique is that only high quality organic flax seed oil, and not flax seed meal, is used. Thus, the final product is an off-white free flowing powder that is extremely pure and is suitable for a variety of different applications.

Key Features

When it comes to manufacturing NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 powder, 100% flax seed oil is converted into powder. Highly specialized production workers adhere to strict cGMP standards for every lot and are carefully trained to perform quality checks at each significant stage.

Every single lot is sent to 3rd party labs for testing to ensure the highest quality standards. Not only are they sent to 3rd party labs, but they are also tested in house by Novotech's senior laboratory specialists. NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 does not require refrigeration and has a longer shelf life of 2 years. Lastly, the patented manufacturing process, which utilizes state of the art technology, oxidation control, off flavor development and antioxidants, minimizes the flax seed smell and taste. NovoOmega® Omega-3 P-50 is a superior and high quality choice for your next dietary supplement project.

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