Pure Flax Oil by Barlean's
Barlean's Pure Flax Oil 1000 mg. 100 Softgels
Barlean's Pure Flax Oil 1000 mg is made with North American Flax Seeds that have been cold-pressed fresh. Barlean's Flax Oil is the freshest and most nutritious, naturally. Pure and pristine flax oil in softgel capsules provide essential Omega-3 fatty acids for your vibrant health and energy. Barlean's Highest Lignan Flax Oil is a pure, unfiltered and unrefined source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and nutrient-rich lignans. A foundational addition to a healthy diet, Barlean's organic, high-lignan content flax oil is ideal for those who aspire to nutritionally support:
- Heart Health
- Healthy Cholesterol Levels
- Joint Mobility & Bone Density
- Energy & Endurance
- Healthy Blood Glucose
- Skin, Hair & Nail Health
Despite a well nourished population, Americans are deficient in essential fats, particularly Omega-3 fats from flax and fish.
What are Lignans?
Lignans are a highly studied and researched class of plant phytonutrients most abundantly found in flaxseed that have recently come to the forefront of nutritional research. Numerous studies have reported on the role of lignans in support of the structure and function of heart and hormonal health. Barlean's Fresh ExPressed extraction process gently liberates delicate Omega-3 flax oil, while capturing lignan flaxseed particulate.
Reap the same benefits of Barlean's Flaxseed Oil, without the oily texture! Each gelcap dose contains a day's worth of rich, organic flaxseed oil to help support healthy body function.
Barlean's Frequently Asked Questions
What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential fatty acids are essential because the human body cannot manufacture them but needs them for many important functions. Therefore, essential fatty acids must be obtained from dietary sources.
What are "Omega-3" and "Omega-6" fatty acids?
Omega-3 and omega-6 are families of essential fatty acids used to make local hormones that control the local functioning of tissues throughout the body. The omega-6 fats tend to have pro-inflammatory effects, and the omega-3s tend to have non-inflammatory effects. We need to have a balanced intake of mega-6s and omega-3s for optimal health. The essential fatty acids include the omega-6 fatty acids, as found in most common vegetable oils and products from livestock animals raised on grain, and the omega-3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed oil, wild ocean fish, wild game, products from livestock raised on green vegetation, and fish oil. Most people consume too much omega-6 fats and insufficient omega-3s. Therefore, we need to decrease the intake of omega-6 sources and increase the intake of omega-3 sources.
What is flax oil and is it the same as flaxseed oil?
Yes, flaxseed oil and flax oil are the same. The seeds of the flax plant are pressed to obtain the nutrient rich oil that they contain. Flax oil is classified as a polyunsaturated vegetable oil. Flax oil is unique in this category, because it is the richest source of omega-3 as well as containing omega-6.
What is the recommended serving of flax oil for adults and children?
The recommendation that is given most often by nutritionists and health care providers is 1 tablespoon of flax oil for every 100 lbs. of body weight, to be used daily. For a child the recommendation is 1 teaspoon of flax oil for every 33 lbs. of weight.
How many capsules does it take to equal one tablespoon of the oil?
Technically it would take 14 capsules to equal 1 tablespoon of flax oil since each tablespoon is 14 grams and each capsule is 1 gram (1 gram = 1,000 mgs). Most people choose to use the oil since it mixes easily into the daily diet, although the capsules are very convenient for traveling and for keeping in places where refrigeration is not possible.
What are lignans and why would I want to have them in my oil?
Many people choose the Highest Lignan Flax Oil simply because it is so rich in phytonutrients. The lignans are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, help with digestion, and research also suggests they may be helpful in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
What is the difference between Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil?
Both of these are sources of the beneficial omega-6 fatty acid known as GLA. Borage has been helpful for people with certain skin problems. For decades, women have been using evening primrose oil to alleviate the discomfort of PMS.
What is the ratio of Flax Oil to Borage Oil in the Omega Twin formula?
The Omega Twin formula is one part borage oil to five parts flax oil.
How do I know my oil is fresh?
Each bottle of Barlean's fresh pressed oil has two dates located on the side of the label. The first date will tell you exactly when that particular bottle of oil was pressed and the second will tell you when it should be opened in order to maintain full potency, optimal taste and freshness. You may open the bottle on the second date and still have eight weeks in which to use the oil.
What color should my flax oil be?
If you have chosen to use Barlean's Highest Lignan Flax Oil, expect the oil to range from a medium brown to almost licorice in color. Please be sure to shake the bottle well, since the particulate does tend to settle rapidly. Sometimes you may need to stir the lignan oil in order to get the particulate lifted from the bottom, especially if the bottle has been sitting upright, undisturbed for a long period of time. These instructions are noted on the bottle. You may want to store the bottle on its side or upside down in order to help the particulate be more easily dispersed.
If you have chosen clear Flax Oil, expect the color to range from bright yellow to golden amber.
Why is there a variation in the color of the oil among different bottles?
At Barlean's they do not alter their oil in any way. This results in color and taste variations throughout the year depending on the variety of seed that is used for each batch, growing conditions, seasons, etc. The oil is completely natural, and although methods could be used to make sure each batch is identical, they refuse to alter or change the oil from its natural state. The variations that occur from batch to batch are a part of nature.
Do my capsules need refrigeration?
The capsules never need refrigeration. They may be kept on the counter or in a cupboard and will remain at full potency until the expiration date on the bottle.
Once I open the bottle of flax oil, how long will it stay "good"?
It is suggested that once opened, you keep the bottle refrigerated and plan to use it within eight weeks for full potency.
Who can benefit from taking flax oil?
Because flax oil contains both of the essential fats needed for optimal health, virtually everyone can benefit from taking flax oil. Essential fats are directly connected with many life-sustaining biological functions. A lack of essential fats in the diet has been associated with numerous diseases and health complications.
What are early signs of EFA deficiency?
- Fatigue and lack of endurance
- Dry skin, cracked nails, dry hair
- Dry mucus membranes
- Weak immunity
- Chronic arthritis
- History of cardiovascular disease
Will I get too much Omega 3 if I take flax oil?
Since most people actually ingest much more omega-6 than they need each day, it is important to get enough omega-3 and cut back on extraneous omega-6 intake.
Will EFA oils cause me to gain weight?
Of all the poly-unsaturated fatty acids in the human diet, the omega-3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed oil and fish oil, put the least amount of fat on the body. In fact, these fatty acids actually increase metabolism and the burning of undesirable body fat. This is the reason knowledgeable personal trainers advise using flaxseed oil and fish oil as sources of energy that will not add extra unwanted fat tissue.
I take medications. Will Flax Oil interfere with my medicines?
It is important that you consult your pharmacist or health care professional concerning your medications and let them know that you are planning to use flax oil as a part of your daily diet in order to obtain the healthy fats that your body needs.
Is flax oil safe during pregnancy?
Please consult with your health care practitioner whenever embarking upon a new health care regime or when significantly altering or supplementing your diet, especially when pregnant.
Can I add my oil to hot foods?
It is not recommended to use flax oil in high-heat cooking. Instead, add oil to foods that are already cooked or reheated to avoid any possibility of adversely affecting the omega-3s. The oil can be safely added to foods that are table ready.
What foods can I place flax oil in for my children?
Flax oil may be mixed with any foods that your child likes. It is especially great in blender drinks (use their favorite juices and fruits), flavored milk, over toast with some honey, mixed into peanut butter, mixed with syrup for breakfast time, stirred into oatmeal with a topping, over rice or pasta before you add the sauce, drizzled over popcorn, and of course mixed with their favorite salad dressing.
Am I able to give my pet the same oil that I am using for myself?
Yes, if you are using the regular Flax Oil or the Highest Lignan Oil you may certainly share it with your pet. The recommendation is 1 teaspoon for every 25 lbs. of body weight for your pet. Barlean's also highly recommends Barlean's Flaxseed Oil for Animals, which has been formulated specifically for pets with the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids they require for optimal health.
Can Flax Oil be applied to the skin?
Yes, you may use flax oil topically, and some of it will be absorbed by the body - but the best usage by far is to ingest the oil with food daily.
What type of container will my oil be in?
Barlean's prefers to use black, opaque plastic bottles made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for Barlean's Organic Oils. HDPE is fully approved by the US and Canadian governments for vegetable oils and has an untarnished record of health and safety. They take all care possible in protecting the oil from light frequencies that even the darkest amber glass bottles allow through. The integrity of these oils is one of Barlean's highest priorities.
How can I get the oil to come out of my newly purchased "Drip Free" bottle?
To assure optimal freshness and convenience, the revolutionary "Drip Free" bottle requires you to first unscrew the top, remove the seal, then screw the top back on. Now you are ready to shake the oil, flip the cap, turn the bottle upside down and squeeze the oil (which now comes out through a tiny membrane) in a manageable stream. This drip free bottle minimizes spillage and dramatically limits the amount of oxygen that enters the bottle. This is one more way that Barlean's protects their oils from oxidation and photodecomposition.
What organization certifies that Barlean products are organic?
Quality Assurance International is the organic certifier of our products.
Are Barlean's products certified Kosher?
Barlean's has many products that have been certified as Kosher and bear the emblem to indicate this. Coconut Oil, Borage Oil, Forti-Flax, Flax Oil, Highest Lignan Flax Oil, Omega Twin Oil and our Highest Lignan Omega Twin Oil are all Kosher certified.
Are your capsules made from an animal source or are they vegetarian?
The capsules used with Barlean's Greens are vegetarian caps.
The gelatin capsules used to encapsulate our oil products are not vegetarian. These capsules are made of animal-based gelatin, glycerin, water, and are caramel coated as a darkening agent to suppress the damaging effect of light.
How can I be assured of the quality of Fresh Catch Fish Oils?
Barlean's Fresh Catch Oils are all CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) Monograph compliant. The CRN is a Washington based trade association that represents ingredient suppliers and manufacturers in the supplement industry. CRN members must adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture to high quality standards under Good Manfacturing Practices (GMP). The CRN developed a specific monograph for Omega 3 products. The monograph set quality standards/limits of environmental contaminants.
Barlean's is also GISSI study compliant- this is an optimal dosing standard regarding potency and daily requirements.
Barlean's fish oils are ultra purified and have integrity to ensure optimal digestion and assimilation. In addition, they are physician recommended.
Are there any common allergens in Fresh Catch Fish Oil?
Fresh Catch Fish Oil contains no gluten, yeast, milk derivatives, artificial colors or flavors.
It does contain natural vitamin E derived from refined soy.
How is oxidation prevented in Fresh Catch Fish Oils?
Barlean's features a freshness system called "Five Layer Oxidation Protection" that protects their fish oil from the detrimental effects of heat, peroxides, oxygen and light. The result is the freshest fish oil in the world.
Five Layer Oxidation Protection System:
- Fresh Catch Processing Technology ensures that oil is free from the damaging effects of heat, light and oxygen.
- Black Opaque Bottles suppress light induced oxidation.
- Nitrogen Flushed Bottles suppress oxygen-induced oxidation.
- FreshLok™ Anti-Oxidant Protection suppresses peroxide-induced oxidation.
- Recommended Refrigeration for Liquids suppresses heat-induced oxidation. Caramel-coated black-opaque Softgels suppress light and oxygen induced oxidation.
What is the difference between Fish Oil and Flax Oil?
Both fish oil and flax oil ultimately supply your body with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which have been shown to have a number of important effects within the body. If you feel you are very Essential Fatty Acid depleted you may opt to take fish oil until you notice an improvement, and then convert to flax. Both oils have been shown to contribute positively to health and some people opt to take both oils, so that they complement each other.
An American Success Story: The Barlean's Farm, Fishery, and Organic Seed Mill
The 12-acre Barlean's farm in Ferndale, WA bustles with activity. Trucks from as far away as Canada and the Dakotas pull up to deliver flax seed, forklift drivers haul pressed flax meal into storage containers for recycling as cattle feed, while inside fresh pressed flax seed oil is bottled, labeled and rush shipped to health stores around the country. The phones ring endlessly at the Barlean's farm, as hundreds of orders for Barlean's organic oils pour in from health store retailers daily, retailers who insist upon fresh-pressed-on-demand organic oils for their customers.
What's driving all this activity on the Barlean's family farm in Ferndale? The realization that 8 out of 10 Americans are deficient in essential fats, called Omega-3 fatty acids. The health consequences of this nutritional deficiency are extensive. Health authorities, such as Artemis Simopoulos M.D., author of The Omega Plan, indicates disorders such as heart and blood vessel disease, eye problems such as dry eyes and macular degeneration, mood and behavior problems such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, diabetes and lupus, skin problems such as psoriasis, and even cancer, may materialize from this common nutritional deficiency.
Dr. Simopoulos indicates as many as 22 percent of Americans show no detectable amounts of essential Omega-3 fatty acids in their tissues. It's a staggering problem exacerbated by the current trend toward non-fat or low-fat foods. Some fats, such as from flax and fish, are required for good health, for the production of hormones, for communication between cells, to maintain memory and control body fluids.
Fish before flax
While many dairy and agriculture farms abound in Ferndale, the Barlean's farm was always a base station for Dave and Barbara Barlean's fishing enterprise. Since 1972 the Barlean's fishery has offered fresh fish to community residents. Dave Barlean found ways to get fish to consumers within hours after off-loading his fishing boat. Fish labeled "fresh" in food stores were already four or five days old. Consumers knew the difference and were willing to pay for Barlean's freshness. Using what would be considered advanced telemarketing techniques for their time, Dave and Barbara Barlean set up a direct order concept. Consumers committed to purchasing fish before they were caught. A network of telephone clerks would alert consumers as to when the catch was being brought in and the location where they could pick up their orders. Temporary traffic jams were created every time Dave Barlean announced his boat was bringing a big catch ashore.
Today fishermen in Washington can no longer think of solely supporting their families by fishing. Fish stocks dwindled and stiff competition drove prices down. Environmental and political factors now severely restrict the amount of time fishermen are allowed to ply their trade. So Dave Barlean completely changed how reef net fishing was done. More fish were caught by a crew of just two men rather than the typical crew of four or five. The improved efficiency reduced costs and helped fishermen remain competitive. Dave Barlean recognized fish were a renewable resource that had to be preserved, particularly endangered species of fish and sea mammals.
Then Dave Barlean introduced live tanks on the fishing boats which made it possible to separate endangered species from the commercial catch. With this innovation fishermen in the Northwest were able to foster preservation of this natural resource rather than work against it. But even with all these innovations developed by Dave Barlean, the ability to make a living in the fishing trade was severely hampered.
Flax over fish
Long about 1989 another member of the Barlean's family, son Bruce, had just finished a stint as a press operator for another producer of organic oils. Bruce would toil for hours pressing flax seed, even spending nights on a cot by the presses, just to keep up with production. He read up on the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids and would come home to tell his parents all about Omega-3 oils. Bruce was saddened by the fact he wouldn't be pressing flax seed any longer. Dave could tell how much his son loved his work. He then asked, "Do you think you could sell a barrel a week?" Bruce hesitantly nodded yes. That was enough for the resourceful Dave Barlean. "If people really need this stuff, we should provide it to them," said Dave. Dave and Barbara Barlean put their life savings into the project. It was a risk worth taking.
Barlean's freshness: built in from the beginning
Bruce began telling his dad of the problems involved in pressing flax seed and Dave made mental notes of it all. As an accomplished metal worker and inventor, Dave put his mind to making flax seed oil instead of hauling in nets of fish.
Bruce explained the way flax was being pressed was crude and certainly not ideal. Overpressing was a problem. It produced a higher yield but it damaged the seed oil, increased the temperature, induced deterioration and resulted in a sometimes rancid taste. A gentler and kinder process was developed that yielded natural fresh taste. Other producers could only generate the same taste by filtering their oils. The nutritional value of organic oils is diminished by spoilage, so the quality and freshness of the oil is of major importance. "If the oil isn't gently pressed from the seeds the product starts out with some spoilage," says Bruce Barlean.
While Dave was working on developing the new flax oil processing technology, Bruce decided he wanted first-hand knowledge about the health benefits of flax seed oil. He flew to Germany to meet Dr. Johanna Budwig, world authority on the health benefits of Omega-3 oils, particularly as a treatment for cancer. "I brought some of our flax seed oil to Germany for Dr. Budwig to taste. At first Dr. Budwig seemed a bit suspicious of the fresh taste she experienced with the Barlean's product," says Bruce. Dr. Budwig soon endorsed the product and gave Barlean's the rights to reprint all of her books in the USA. Bruce knew that flax seed oil alone wasn't enough, he had to educate consumers about its benefits. Dr. Budwig made that possible.
For the first couple of years Barlean's solely produced flax seed oil by the barrel for other suppliers. The Barlean's name didn't begin to appear as a consumer brand till 1992. Every good idea needs an army to spread the word, and Bruce found his army captain in Don Bodenbach of Progressive Health in San Diego, California. Bodenbach brought modern methods of marketing and merchandising to Barlean's. Progress was slow at first and the Barlean's family had to forgo taking profits out of the company. This gave the company the capital it needed to grow. Bodenbach recruited and trained a sales force and instinctively knew he had to educate consumers. Newsletters, books, tapes and other materials were massively produced to educate both health store owners and clerks as well as consumers. As the leading supplier of flax seed oil in the world, last year Barlean's sent out over 3 million copies of educational information. Growth in sales has been phenomenal says Bodenbach, who says Barlean's has lived up to its reputation as the "pressed on demand" supplier of flax seed.
Barlean's presses flax seed on the same day orders are received, then ships them out the next morning via 3-day air to refrigerated shelves in retail stores. Consumers receive oils that are as fresh as those produced by small seed oil pressers a century ago.
Many competitors ship their products to distributors and then on to store shelves, so their flax oil may be weeks old by the time it gets to the consumer. Barlean's even insists its bottles of organic oils be replaced with fresh product after four months on the store shelf, while competitors typically have one-year dating. "Most of our stores order product twice a month which means consumers are getting product that is only days out of our presses," says Bruce Barlean. "Flax seed and other organic oils are considered semi-perishable food products and their nutritional value is preserved in their freshness," says Bodenbach.
Flax is back
The current interest in flax seed oil for health isn't new. The medicinal properties of flax seed oil were recognized by Hippocrates in ancient Greece.
What was recognized thousands of years ago was forgotten till 1929 when researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered fats are required to sustain life. But it has taken another six decades before health authorities have begun to recognize the consequences of essential fatty acid deficiencies in the population at large.
Over a hundred and fifty years ago wild game, fish, eggs and whole grains were sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Today the milling of grain removes the fatty acids. Other essential nutrients are added back into flour except the fatty acids because they reduce the shelf life of the flour. Laying hens, even the ones advertised as "free range," have no access to Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. Eggs now provide little Omega-3. Essential Omega-3 fats are missing from the food chain and Americans are paying a steep price for this in poor health.
Barlean's: It's a family affair
Back on the Barlean's farm, Bruce, known as the Tom Sawyer of his family, has recruited his sisters to join his cause. Jo Ann works in flax production and Karen is the bookkeeper and controller. Cindy has taken over the Barlean's fishery, which still offers fresh fish. They even offer canned pink salmon under the Nature's Bounty label. It's a real family affair. Dave maintains a complete machine and metal working shop on the farm. His latest project is to build silos to house the truck loads of flax seed that arrive weekly. Dave also has a tanker truck that sprays sludge, a by-product of seed pressing, onto the family farm land. The grass on the Barlean's farm is noticeably greener than their neighbors. Preserving and profiting from nature has become a trademark of Barlean's.
Typically the Barlean's product moves off store shelves faster than their competitors and savvy consumers are willing to pay a bit more for the pressed-on-demand freshness.
Even with supplementation it takes months to replenish the body with Omega-3 fatty acids. Both fish and flax provide the essential Omega-3 fatty acids. But only flax, with a 4-to-1 ratio of Omega-3 over Omega-6 fatty acids, can quickly rebalance the body with essential Omega-3s. One tablespoon of flax seed oil provides 5000 mg. of Omega-3 oil, which is equal to 5 to 10 fish oil capsules. No wonder Dave Barlean gave up his fishing boat to press flax seed. Until Omega-3 oils are replaced in the food chain, Barlean's has some tall orders to fill.