Omega-3 From Flax
Flax was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The flax in ProBiotein is known for its healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Keeping your ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in balance is believed to be a key component in maintaining a healthy heart, reducing harmful LDS cholesterol, and resisting type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and strokes.
Flax is also one of the best sources of lignans, which contribute to improved disease prevention. Lignans from flax have strong antioxidant properties that may play a positive role in preventing certain diseases. Lignans are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that are converted in the body to enterolactone. In women, enterolactone can help modulate hormonal activity including estrogen metabolism. It can help to promote better breast health and reduce hot flashes. Lignans also are thought to contribute to reducing atherosclerotic plaque formation and to improve cardiovascular health.
The flax lignan SDG has been reported to be effective in lowering the onset of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This is because of its potent antioxidative ability.
ALA, EPA and DHA Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids include ALA from plants like flax, plus EPA and DHA from marine organisms like fish, algae and krill. These omega-3s are essential for our good health, and are primarily taken in through the foods we eat. You need both types – plant (short chain fatty acids) and marine (long chain fatty acids) – in your diet. It's believed that intake of omega-3s at just 1% of our total daily calories, is all that's needed. They can't be made by the human body, with one exception. Our bodies can convert ALA into EPA, and then into DHA. But conversion is only about 5% efficient, and that efficiency decreases with age. So getting your omega-3 directly from plant sources and marine sources, is the best way to assure that your body's needs are met.