Frequently Asked Questions Our eating habits have changed since the
Can everyone take Flaxseed Oil? arrival of processed food:
Everyone can enjoy the benefits of Flaxseed Oil. This graph shows the change in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fat
Adults & Children 13 years and older: consumption over the past million years. Note the reduced
2 teaspoons (1 dessert spoon or 10ml) daily consumption of Omega-3 since 1900. It is true to say that
we now consume too much Omega-6 and insufficient When it comes to
Children 6 months to 2 years:
Omega-3. To correct this imbalance we need to consume
1 teaspoon every other day
more Omega-3, (the richest source is Flaxseed Oil with 52-62%)
Children 2 years to 12 years: whilst reducing Omega-6.
1 teaspoon daily
To reduce Omega-6, avoid purchasing products such as
How is Flaxseed Oil taken and when is the best time?
Flaxseed Oil can be taken at any time of the day. It can be
Margarine that emphasise ‘polyunsaturated’ and replace with
monounsaturated products or products emphasizing Omega-3 the catch of the day is
added to breakfast cereal (before adding the milk), make a
smoothie, add to salads or taken off the spoon. As Flaxseed
such as Melrose OmegaCare Table Spreads.
Melrose Flaxseed Oil
Oil is intended to be taken regularly, breakfast is the ideal time.
What does it taste like? %
Essential for good health and
Flaxseed Oil has a nutty buttery taste that is pleasant. from fats Omega-3 well-being, flaxseed oil is
Can you take too much Flaxseed Oil? 6 nature’s richest source
Yes – you can take too much of anything. Fat or oil intake -1x10 -10,000 1800 1900 2000
should not exceed 30% of total kilojoules (calories) per day. YEAR
When taking Flaxseed Oil, you should be mindful of reducing
other fats so total fat is not increased overall. The National Health and Medical Research
Why is Flaxseed Oil packaged in opaque containers? Council recommends we increase our
Light, especially bluish fluorescent light, is very damaging to consumption of omega-3 fats5
Omega-3 oils such as Flax and fish oils as it initiates photon To reverse the present imbalance we need to increase
oxidation. Light is reported to be more damaging than heat. consumption of oils rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – Flaxseed
Why is Flaxseed Oil kept in the refrigerator? (52-62%), Fish Oil (30%) and Cod Liver Oil (up to 25%),
Omega-3 oils such as Flax and Fish oil maintain their freshness and reduce Omega-6 oils – Safflower, Sunflower, Sesame,
longer when kept at a low temperature. If storage over a Peanut, most other vegetable oils and fatty meats. The ultimate
long period is necessary it is safe to store in the freezer. objective is to have an equal (1:1) ratio of Omega-3 and
Omega-6 fatty acids.
How long does it keep?
Unopened and refrigerated, Flaxseed Oil has a 12 month dating. Omega-3 rich
After opening, keep refrigerated and use within 8-10 weeks. OMEGA
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Heart disease - Omega-3 ALA found in Flaxseed oil Omega-3 ALA, can be converted in our bodies to the
helps maintain a healthy heart . 1 longer chain EPA and DHA found in fish oils4.
Why Omega-3? Arthritis - Omega 3 fatty acids provide a range of
anti inflammatory eicosanoids, reducing the risk of
Why do Omega-3 rich oils require
rheumatoid arthritis2. special production methods?
Melrose Flaxseed Oil Omega-3 rich oils, such as Flaxseed, need to be produced
provides your body with Eating the right fats is now essential
in the absence of air and light and at a temperature as
low as 35˚C in order to reduce the potential to oxidise.
Omega-3, an essential fat for optimum health
Our production process is especially designed to provide
that protects your body Today, many people are now realising that there is a necessity to protection from oxidation of Flaxseed oil by:
against the stresses that it consume the good fats and reduce the harmful fats. The good
n Seed cleaning to remove broken seed and dust
fats are the two essential fats: Omega-3 Alpha Linolenic Acid
encounters everyday. (ALA) also called superpolyunsaturated and Omega-6 Linoleic
from the harvest
n Pressing at 35˚C under nitrogen
Acid (LA), more commonly known as polyunsaturated fat.
(in the absence of air and light)
n Essential because our bodies cannot exist without them n Sediment settling whilst under refrigeration
n Must come from food, as our bodies cannot make them n Simple filtration through a plate and frame filter
n Omega-3 is as important as protein, minerals and vitamins n Bottling in nitrogen flushed bottles
n Flaxseed oil has 50% more Omega-3 than fish oils n Refrigerated storage and transport
Why do I need essential fats? Organic
The essential fats act as lubricants, cushions and insulators, Wherever possible it is important to buy “certified”
guarding against the stresses that we encounter. They provide organic oils. Melrose oils are certified organic by
structural rigidity to cell membranes, and specifically in the case ACO (Australian Certified Organic). Oils that are titled
of the Omega-3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), provide a range of ‘Chemical Free’, have been tested for pesticides, fungicides
anti-inflammatory eicosanoids2. ALA is also known to disperse and weedicides by NATA approved laboratories and found
platelet aggregates in the blood3. to be below the level of detection.
Other papers4 explore the possibility of ALA increasing
the tissue concentration of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), Weight
a special fatty acid stored in the brain – “brain food” with Re-arranging the type of fats consumed by reducing
implications for improving visual acuity and enriching brain Omega-6 & saturated fats and increasing Omega-3
cell communication and development. does not increase weight.
1. D.Mozaffarin. Does 2. E. Mantzioris, M.J. 3. Allman MA, Pena MM, Pang 4. Das UN. Essential 5. National Health &
Alpha Linolenic James, R.A. Gibson and D. Supplementation with Fatty Acids – A Medical Research
Acid reduce the risk L.G. Cleland. Dietary flaxseed oil versus sunflower review. Curr. Council. The role of
of heart disease? Substitution with Linolenic oil in healthy young men Phar,. Biotechnol polyunsaturated fats in
A review of the acid – rich vegetable oil consuming a low fat diet: Dec: 7(6): 467 – the Australian diet.
evidence. Altern. Ther. increases eicosapentaenoic effects on platelet composition 82 2006 1992. AGPS: Canberra
Health Med. 11(3): acid concentration in and function. Eur J Clin Nutr.
24-32 2005 tissues. Am J Clin Nutr 1994 1995;49:169-178