Omega-3 fatty acid is important because it enables the body to make prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a group of hormone like substances that mediate a wide range of physiological functions, such as metabolism, smooth muscle activity, and nerve transmission. And as mentioned before, they are important because they are derived from unsaturated fat.
The dieter's dilemma is that the Omega-3 fatty acids are hard to come by from food alone. You see, most dietary fat that we consume is highly processed saturated fat. And this type of fat does not contain many Omega 3 fatty acids. If it did, the general American population would not be as overweight as it is! Instead, saturated fats contain trans fatty acids, which cause high cholesterol and do not have any beneficial effects on the metabolism.
In contrast, High Lignan Flax Oil, does not contain trans fatty acids and as mentioned before is the richest source of the Omega 3 fatty acids. The dietitians, doctors, and old-school bodybuilders who claim that all fat is bad and that all fat makes you fat are just plain wrong! Most Americans are deficient in the Omega-3 fatty acids because it is almost impossible to get them from diet alone without supplementation. And since the Prostaglandins that mediate metabolism and muscle activity are derived from Omega-3 fatty acid, it is crucial to have enough of it around for the body to burn fat.
This is not speculation, but researched fact. A diet higher in Omega-3 fatty acids of which High Lignan Flax Oil is the richest source, will have more lean muscle, lower bodyfat, and better health. In fact, the Omega-3's are so important, that they have been found to be all of the following:
Cholesterol reducing (the perfect fat to include on a Ketogenic or Atkins diet)
Anti-lipogenic (they block fat storage)
Anti-catabolic (they prevent muscle breakdown)
Increase lipolysis and beta oxidation (Fat burning -- even the brown fat cells in the love handles)
Improve insulin sensitivity (Keeping blood sugar levels down and metabolism high)
Increase thermogenesis (Slightly elevated body temperature promotes faster fat burning)
Adding flaxseed oil to your foods, or taken with a meal, creates a feeling of satiation (feeling of fullness and satisfaction following a meal). The essential fats in flaxseed oil cause the stomach to retain food for a longer period of time as compared to no-fat or low-fat foods. The addition of Flax Oil to food results in a gradual release of nutritients into the small intestine. The physiological effect is a slow, sustained rise in blood sugar, then a prolonged plateau of blood sugar. Ultimately, the blood sugar undergoes a slow and gradual drop.
You will experience a corresponding feeling of prolonged energy, stamina and satisfaction with no immediate hunger pangs following the meal. The net result is that you feel fuller, longer and, actually eat fewer calories in the long run than if you would have chosen a no-fat or low-fat diet.
We generally recommend that athletes take one tablespoon of High Lignan Flax Oil per 75lbs of bodyweight. Some Pro athletes take up to 10 tablespoons of High Lignan Flax Oil per day and still LOST bodyfat. Flax oil does not convert to bodyfat, not ever. And this fact alone, makes it the perfect supplement for a dieter, and the perfect food for a hardgainer needing a way to increase calories.
In addition, the lignans in Flax Seed Oil have been shown to have potent anti-estrogenic effects. This is of special interest to bodybuilders who are always looking to increase their testosterone to estrogen ratio.