Camelina oil is pressed from the seeds of an ancient plant known as camelina sativa, or wild flax. It contains an exceptional amount (up to 45 per cent) of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a unique antioxidant complex giving it an additional important advantage as a cardiovascular supplement. Combined with a delicious nutty flavor, this extraordinary blend of beneficial omega-3 efas and high oxidative stability makes camelina oil an excellent, versatile overall source of both heart-healthy omega-3 fats and powerful antioxidants, including tocopherols, carotenoids, and phosphatides. At 110mg/100g, its vitamin e (tocopherol) content is among the highest of all natural tocopherol sources.
Vitamin e (tocopherol) is a very important part of cardiovascular supplementation because it both provides a direct anti-clotting (thrombolytic) effect by stimulating the synthesis of prostaglandin I2 (one of the major platelet aggregation inhibitors and vasodilators) and increases the resistance of blood vessels to free radical damage by giving our body a powerful antioxidant boost. Thus, vitamin e works against blood clots in two ways: By preventing the platelets (thrombocytes) from sticking to each other too much and by helping to avoid blood vessel injuries leading to clot formation.
The fatty acid composition of camelina oil is also unique and very beneficial in terms of its health-promoting qualities. While being a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic (ala), the oil is also highly monounsaturated, naturally supplying more than 30 percent of stable monounsaturated (oleic and gadoleic) fatty acids. This significant proportion of monounsaturates (monounsaturated olive oil forms the basis of the heart-healthy mediterranean diet) further enhances the oxidative stability of camelina oil, and makes it a more versatile cooking oil. In addition, camelina oil is relatively low in omega-6 linoleic acid, resulting in a favorable omega-3/omega-6 ratio of up to 3-to-1.
The combination of these important advantages makes camelina oil the most balanced and desirable source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. While supplying almost as much omega-3s as flax oil, it is highly stable and abundant in vitamin e and other natural antioxidants, as well as beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids. As a result, it does not promote the formation of harmful free radicals. On the contrary, it helps resist their destructive effects by providing powerful antioxidant protection. That's why we call it "the better flax"!